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RE: SML Status Report

  • From: "Don Park" <donpark@d...>
  • To: "'Ray Whitmer'" <ray@x...>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Jan 2000 09:14:07 -0800

join en sml
Ray Whitmer wrote:
>It would be interesting to know whether items such as entities,
>Doctype declarations, CDATA sections, non-UTF encoding, comments, 
>PIs, Text declarations, etc. have been banished from the syntax 
>or only from what is exposed to the user from the parser, as these 
>concepts are, IMO, fairly easily converted / filtered by a simple 
>parser.
>
>If they have been banished from the syntax, existing ecommerce
>applications that find these constructs quite beneficial and
>simplifying to the applications exchanging data are likely to
>reject the approach.  With an austere all or nothing approach,
>I know what my choice will be.

The features you mentioned will not be support by SML syntax.
This does not mean SML will be less expressive than XML unless
you consider XML to be less expressive than SGML because it
lacks certain syntatic features.

We are planning to add a layer on top of SML that bridges the
differences in SML and XML information models.  In that layer,
you will find elements that correspond to comments, PI, an
entities.

I would like to avoid another SML/XML flareup if possible.
Please join the SML-DEV mailing list for further discussion.

Best,

Don Park    -   mailto:donpark@d...
Docuverse   -   http://www.docuverse.com


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