Re: A Plea for Schemas
Simon St. Laurent wrote: > It's interesting, though, that the 'marketing manoeuvres' fosters this kind > of open competition, while the more neutral body has set up a formal > process for settling on schemas through closed committees. > > I'm not sold on the need for single schemas for particular markets, nor do > I think a single repository is going to make that much difference (except > perhaps for PR). > > In some cases, companies will be able to agree on industry-wide standards, > but I don't think that approach is the only path forward. XML's > transformability (courtesy of its structures plus XSL, Omnimark, MDSAX, and > other tools) opens the door to a Babel-like world in which we have a > significant - and adquate - chance of understanding each other without > having to proceed in lockstep. Okay, let's put it this way: I can see your point that a central repository has significant weaknesses. The idea of an automatic discovery mechanism is much more promising. This is where you start to run into questions of vision (i.e. I'm probably wrong), but think back to how unimaginable the wealth of information available on the Web would have been a few years back. (Actually what's really unimaginable to me is how we got along without this.) It would have seemed outrageous only 10 years ago that it would soon be possible to find, say, the full text of an ISO standard, Hamlet and the screenplay to Pulp Fiction in ten minutes sitting at your computer, not to mention ordering a video, a pizza and a car. Now transpose that to the software engineering field. Is it really so crazy to suppose that programmers (and other creators of metadata) might publish their information in a way that can be discovered and reused by many others, both programmers and non-programmers? This idea has been derided by some because it smacks of AI technologies that have been heavily hyped and then failed to materialize in the past. But a simple full-text search could be very effective on this volume of data. Advances in full-text technology that have been designed to deal with the gigabytes of the Web could be heavily leveraged in this scenario. Competition would also spout up among portals who would choose and classify schemas. I find the idea of a Yahoo for schemas very plausible; as with the real Yahoo, they would not actually author the schemas themselves, but they would serve an important role in weeding out the junk and sorting the rest. 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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