Re: What is XML For?
alaric@a... (Alaric Snell) writes: >Pah! One of my pet peeves, things that were designed by "Hmmm, we have >a hammer, what looks like a nail?" :-) That's a reasonable complaint, though in this case I think an army of carpenters grabbed this charming lightweight ball-peen hammer and set off to work with it while its creators looked about confused. Works great on rivets, may not be the thing for nails. >It's been bandied about. I'm quite keen on defining a new notation for >ASN.1 types that semantically the same as the existing one but: > >1) Has an ASN.1 abstract syntax of its own, eg a data model beyond >just what's implicit in the BNF of the specification > >And probably but not necessarily, since this may be satisfiable by >just using XER with (1): > >2) Has a nice easy to parse syntax for people to read > >And possibly: > >3) Doesn't bother with supporting the syntax for deprecated types; I >see "keeping it simple" as more important than "allowing ancient specs >to be brought into it without updating them". > >Oooh, I've just had a fun idea; SER, sexpr encoding rules, which fill >a similar niche to XER but are less Alaric-angering... that'd be a >workable solution for (2) in my book of nested parenthesis! That sounds like a great set of ideas. After reading the Larmouth and Dubisson books, I was very impressed but not very excited about ASN.1. Your 1 and 2 seem to cut to the core, but I'd recommend doing (3) as well. TeletexString is great for nostalgia, but... ------------- Simon St.Laurent - SSL is my TLA http://simonstl.com may be my URI http://monasticxml.org may be my ascetic URI urn:oid:188.8.131.52.4.1.6320 is another possibility altogether
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