Re: Handheld computers
From: Matthew Gertner <matthew@p...> >My very personal opinion is that the argument for SML based on >targetting devices with limited memory and computational power is bogus. My first 2.5 years programming was on assembler for real-time controllers, it could take 3 months to write a program and then 3 months to figure out how to make it fit into the PROM. So I certainly have sympathy for the view that small is beautiful: but how does a device that has such small memory requirements fit in networking capability anyway? And if it is not a Web device, why is the topic raised on XML-DEV and not comp.text? >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. I expect there will be a successor to XML one day. And ISO 8879 will undoubtedly have a maintainence fix so that it too is SGML. But if you want simplification, the worst thing you could do at the moment is push either an XML++ or an XML-- That would not result in any simplification of our lives at all: it would just provide a mechanism for the company men to adopt whichever markup language will cause their competitors most harm. This is rational behaviour, and we should expect it. TCP/IP is incredibly complicated, and who cares? The IP NG people have rhetoric about it (they need to justify their research efforts) but it is working spectacularly well. We only care about the layer we deal with, after things are set up. Rick Jelliffe 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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