Re: Handheld computers
Rick Jelliffe wrote: > Vested interests? Ah hear we go again: XML 1.0 as free-thinking XML > turks fighting the crusty old SGML guard. The idea that easing the > migration path from "SGML" to "SGML-on-the-Web" is bad is laughable: > that is what XML was supposed to do honey! That was its main job, not > some hijacking by moustachioed villians or over-protective priests. Okay, maybe I went a little overboard with that vested interest business. Paul made exactly the same point. On the other hand, I get called honey even less often than I get called reasonable, so perhaps the hyperbole can be justified. :-) Quite seriously, it is a simple fact that many of the features that found their way into XML are becoming increasingly redundant as various auxiliary standards mature. When the dust has settled on the schema and linking efforts (whether in 3, 6 or 12 months time), wouldn't it make sense to look at features such as entities and notations with a critical eye and decide whether they are still adding more value than they cost in complexity (and subsequent barriers to understanding and implementing XML). My very personal opinion is that the argument for SML based on targetting devices with limited memory and computational power is bogus. However, XLink, XPath, XML Schema, namespaces and all the rest are expanding the scope, and thus the complexity, of XML everyday. If there isn't some corresponding impetus for simplication in other areas then we will indeed run up against a wall eventually. This may be inevitable, but by taking the issue seriously now we can at least hope that it will be later rather than sooner. Matthew xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 To unsubscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; unsubscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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