RE: is that a fork in the road?
Right. The point I want to make is that XML and these languages per se as "simplified" bits required that long complicated bit that came before to figure out which bits were simple, which 20 does what 80 of the work. We are not forking. We are on the road we've been in for a long long time. We are a lot closer to some goals, and others will always move as soon as we get to the others. That is why they pay us the big bucks. "Playing croquet while stoned can be an extra beautiful trip. Sometimes you think you are a member of English aristocracy. Sometimes you think you are GOD!" - A Child's Garden of Grass The pipeline idea in the speech (good speech BTW, I was hoping for visuals) is the right idea. My rule of thumb here is if an idea is completely new, then it has about a 10% chance on this round. If it is an idea we've seen before, revised perhaps, cleaner perhaps, then its viability goes up considerably. If we are on the fourth or fifth pass, the idea is too hard or something political happened and we might want to quickly get this one done or drop it. Before we lament the complexity (We are whining!) or really sidetrack, we can stop and look at the path we came down (you did that in the speech) and then see if the next steps are obvious or not obvious. Can we safely say: 1. If it fails the parse, it isn't XML (draconian bases). 2. The base infoSet maps to the first level. 3. Each step afterwards is one one has to choose. XML Schema is an obvious step because it adds type information. What alternative steps for three are there other than the DTD? What alternative properties are added in these steps? Then we can get around to naming the steps. Len http://www.mp3.com/LenBullard Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti. Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h
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