Re: A Plea for Schemas
At 07:35 PM 11/1/99 -0500, David Megginson wrote: >Paul Prescod <paul@p...> writes: > >> Tim Bray wrote: >> > >> > Note "machine-readable" in the sentence above. At this point in history, >> > it's the human-readable part of schemas that seem to me to have the >> > biggest payoffs, because that's what the programmers read before they >> > write the code that actually does something useful. -Tim >> >> Any programmer that reads the prose but doesn't read the schema is bound >> to make many avoidable assumptions and mistakes. > >Et vice-versa. The only reason that formal languages are less >ambiguous than natural ones is that they're not capable of saying much >in the first place. That last bit is a beautiful statement that sums it all up, though the pieces above it both have merit. We need a standard way to get to all of that information, both machine- and human- readable. Right now, all we have is a way to get a formal description and a bunch of comments, if we're very lucky. I'm strongly hoping that both the XML Schemas and XML Packaging efforts give very high priority to human-readable documentation. I just finished (yet another) XML book in which I felt every other sentence was "make sure you document it for _people_, because if you don't, it's just more crap". Simon St.Laurent XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed. Building XML Applications Inside XML DTDs: Scientific and Technical Sharing Bandwidth / Cookies http://www.simonstl.com 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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