RE: Still not the essence of XML (was Re: S-express
I was a bit more charitable when reading the paper -- I assumed that the introductory comment about XML "deficiencies" was simply meant to acknowledge that there is a strain between the two common uses of XML (as syntax vs. as data) and not to "point a gun". Obviously, XML is being used increasingly to exchange data model instances where data modeling is as important as syntax. People are stretching XML beyond its roots in SGML. Like Simon argues, maybe it would have been better if those people had decided to work with something besides XML (although one can understand that people are misled, considering the data-model orientation of many recent W3C specs, including XSD -- which is all about "hierarchical data modeling"). I didn't really see the Simeon/Wadler paper as an attempt to advocate one position or the other, but rather as an attempt to describe XML in terms of more "pure" data models and determine whether it works out. Happily for the people using XML for data modeling, it looks like things are not so bad. ________________________________ From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:simonstl@s...] Sent: Sun 1/12/2003 7:26 AM To: xml-dev@l... Subject: Re: Still not the essence of XML (was Re: S-expressions vs. XML) ricko@a... (Rick Jelliffe) writes: >Simeon and Wadler do a good service by characterizing XML+WXS=PSVI >deficiencies, but they waste their bullet by pointing their gun at >"XML". (I hope nothing in my comments shows any disrespect to them or >the body of their paper!) You're too respectful, Rick. I'd say that paper is not only not "the essence of XML", it has practically nothing to do with XML whatsoever. Statements like this one just make me laugh at how far off the mark the paper is: >From the external representation one should be able to derive the >corresponding internal representation. This claim seems violently counter-intuitive for markup systems based on text, especially if there is any interest in exchange among dissimilar users across organizational boundaries or over time. These gentlemen may be brilliant, no doubt, but they seem to ask questions which have only coincidental intersections with XML and then boldly title their paper "The Essence of XML". Maybe they should call it "the Essence of Hierarchical Data-Modeling" and work back to an XML representation later. If we're really lucky, they'll create a new format that solves all of these problems instead of using XML. -- Simon St.Laurent Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets Errors, errors, all fall down! http://simonstl.com -- http://monasticxml.org ----------------------------------------------------------------- The xml-dev list is sponsored by XML.org <http://www.xml.org>, an initiative of OASIS <http://www.oasis-open.org> The list archives are at http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/ To subscribe or unsubscribe from this list use the subscription manager: <http://lists.xml.org/ob/adm.pl>
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