RE: Layering (was RE: Blueberry/Unicode/XML)
Sure. You won't like it and I doubt many here are ready to face up to it. The problem is SGML On The Web should be been SGML On The Web. The hacks to make it simpler made it less applicable. Now the hacks are being redone and it is to become XML As SGML. The difference is one of ownership. A property of the commons was privatized (process of enclosure) for "the common good". As noted by David Bollier, New America Foundation, "Public Assets, Private Profits", this is similar to the processes by which much of England's public lands were privatized for the purpose of the profits of a few landowners. He also compares it to the patenting of human genetic codes, and the privatizing of water access rights by companies such as Vivendi ("the wars of the 21st century will be over water"). Has information become an "alienable right"? The tragicomic aspect of that is how it was done by a small self-selected group of individuals who talk a lot about open software, processes, etc., but whose actions resulted in the irreversible enclosure of a public standard for exchanging information without compromising it to the predations of local systems. Now, we are the predators. Len http://www.mp3.com/LenBullard Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti. Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h -----Original Message----- From: Leigh Dodds [mailto:ldodds@i...] If its the latter it appears (to me at least) as if its being driven by an increasing distance from the SGML heritage, and the need to deal with, and rationalise, the number of additional specifications being built upon the XML foundations. Any comments?
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