Re: Capitalism and XML (was RELAX NG Marketing)
On Wed, Mar 27, 2002 at 12:54:06PM -0600, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote: >Wasn't XML Schema on the boards before RNG? Timing counts. Alas. >If we stay away from rich vs poor for a moment, I asked a question >that consists of "show me the value added by using RNG". Is it: > >1. More productive. Can one compose faster, yes > is it easier to learn, yes >does is do what I need to do in the framework? is == it ? What do you need to do? RNG is as powerful as Schema for strongly typed data structures expressed in XML, more convenient than DTD for document-oriented XML (!), and *much* more useful for document-oriented than XSD. I suspect that initial uptake is likely to be in the document crowd, but the ease of learning is likely to be attractive to the data crowd as well. (I spend large portions of my day working with schemata of various types and flavors, but all of the above is merely MHO). >2. More sustainable. Will a better layered framework using RNG >result in information that is more efficient to maintain, reuse, etc.? Certainly better separation of data typing/primitives from complex structures. Deprecation of defaulting (*such* a good idea ...) means less ambiguity over the value of such things. Very flexible system for specifying complex types, and for permitting flexibility in the instance. I think of RNG as the dark horse. That it came to the party so late is regrettable, but almost inevitable. It seems to have taken some of the best ideas from a couple of very brilliant XML designers/implementors, plus a supporting cast, and generated a schema language that is aesthetically pleasing, elegant, easy to use, and easy to implement. Amy! -- Amelia A. Lewis amyzing@t... alicorn@m... Did you exchange a walk-on part in the war for the lead role in a cage? -- Pink Floyd
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