RE: Where have the element types gone?
> -----Original Message----- > From: Eric van der Vlist [mailto:vdv@d...] > Sent: Friday, December 07, 2001 9:47 AM > To: xml-dev@l... > Subject: Where have the element types gone? > > Looks like we are closing the loop and that we could have > save a lot of effort by having kept SGML! Or perhaps the W3C is rapidly re-making the mistakes of ISO, and in a few years someone will come along and do unto XML what XML did unto SGML <grin> If the "software evolution not intelligent design" argument (see my post a couple of a couple days ago) is correct, this is inevitable, and -- from the point of view of the "meme pool" rather than specific SGML or XML "memes" -- desirable. What frustrates me is that the well-understood principles of "intelligent design" are the same as those that contribute to evolutionary survival -- simplicity, modularity, re-usability, etc. Conversely, if it's hard to understand, it will be hard to build; if it's hard to build, it will break; if it breaks, it won't survive. SGML, for all the great ideas buried in there somewhere, lived and died (OK, it failed to thrive, don't flame me!) on a very common and predictable trajectory. Rather than saving effort by keeping SGML warts and all, better to learn the lessons of SGML's life and find the powerful and stable ideas at the core of SGML and XML, and bet on those newer ideas that are simple enough to understand and implement in a modular, re-usable manner.
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