RE: Article: Keeping pace with James Clark
The politics of meaning become more evident every day. The arguments about namespace dereferencing are made so often here and elsewhere, I don't think they have to be repeated. The day is too short for XML omphaloskepsis. My point is simple: keep namespaces and the infoset out of the core. These are not simply syntax. I liked his reference to sgmls. He is right about the redoing of ARCSGML being a seminal event. OTOH, ARCSGML had better error messages. There are some things lawyers do better than programmers. :-) len From: Uche Ogbuji [mailto:uche.ogbuji@f...] > If he says that is "easily integratible" based > on that draft, it is inconsistent. The holes > are there and you will be spit out in 1989. This is your basis for calling Clark's assertions inconsistent? If every distant contingency of any set of statements were to be considered in judging whether those statements were consistent, then there would be no such thing as a set of statements that are consistent. In other words, I think you're splitting hairs quite needlessly. If you have this argument to make about namespace dereferencing, you'll have a stronger case just making the argument. The way you introduced it just makes it too easy to write off as a quiddity.
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