SGML the next big thing?
I think it is time to take a short break, raise the head and have a look at the XML-landscape. To me it seems that we are trying to reinvent SGML, but in a much more complex way. >From SGML we need the following features. - Groves - HyTime - TopicMaps - Subdoc - Architectural Forms - #CONREF - #NOTATIONS - #CURRENT - Public Identifiers What we don?t need from the SGML standard: - SGML Declaration - Character entities - Minimisation - The "&" construct Getting rid of these "features" will make it much easier to process and implement systems based on SGML. >From XML we need the following features: - Unicode - /> for empty elements - The concept of well formed - XSL - XSLT I would like to try to show how some of the features from SGML coul be used: Architectural forms: To be able to exchange information in a proper manner, the industry has to agree on a Architecture (Common DTD). This will avoid the need for transformations between different DTDs, since the information is based on the same architecture. #NOTATIONS: This could be used to inform the processor about what kind of information this is. It could be of type MathML, Chemical Markup, HTML, TIFF etc. Or the information should be processed after the ISO8601 DATE specifications etc. Just to give an idea. It is time to combinate the best from SGML and XML. Today XML is too simple; it lacks several important features needed in a structured information environment. By combining the best from SGML and XML we will have a new working standard. This new combination should be the preferred platform for everyone who work with structured information, documents or data. The best XML has done for the information community is the awareness of structured information, and how important this is for the business case. Now it is time to sell SSGML (Simplified Standard Generalized Markup Language) :-) Btw: Charles Goldfarb did not invent SGML, he discovered it :-) Best Erlend Øverby -- Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it. (Henry Ford) 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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