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  • Subject: ConciseXML syntax
  • From: "Mike Plusch" <mplusch@c...>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 12:11:23 -0500
  • Organization: Clear Methods

waterlang
ConciseXML solves the verbosity and ambiguity of
XML 1.0 while while remaining compatible with
XML 1.0.  ConciseXML is designed for data as
well as documents.

ConciseXML has four key improvements to XML 1.0:

1. optional ending tag
ConciseXML: <textarea>hi</>
XML 1.0: <textarea>hi</textarea>

2. by-position arguments (attribute key is optional)
ConciseXML: <person "Mike" "Plusch"/>
XML 1.0: <person first="Mike" last="Plusch"/>

3. Dot notation for path
ConciseXML: "abe".<foo color="blue"/>.bar
XML 1.0: 
<execute_path> "abe" <foo color="blue"/> bar </execute_path>

4. Attributes keys and attribute values can be any object,
    not just strings.
ConciseXML:
<person name="Mike" age=28 married=true birth=<date 1968 1 10/> />
XML 1.0:
<person>
 <field key="name">"Mike"</field>
 <field key="age">28</field>
 <field key="married">true</field>
 <field key="birth">
    <date><field key="year">1968</field>
               <field key="month">1</field>
               <field key="day">10</field>
    </date>
 </field>
</person>


A chapter in a book published by Wiley titled: 
"Water: Simplified Web Services and XML Programming"
has a chapter that describes ConciseXML. The chapter
is also posted on-line at:
http://www.waterlang.org/water_book_2002/concise_xml.htm
Half of the contents of the book is available here:
http://www.waterlang.org/water_book_2002/index.htm

ConciseXML compatibility with XML 1.0 takes the following
form:

1. Any XML 1.0 expression is also a ConciseXML expression
2. Any ConciseXML expression can be written in XML 1.0
3. There is no information loss when converting between
ConciseXML and XML 1.0
4. ConciseXML supports both the XML 1.0 and "concise" forms
within the same document. One can be nested within the
other.

ConciseXML has the same properties that would be desired
for XML 2.0.

I would like to see ConciseXML adopted as a standard.
Clear Methods, my company, is willing to freely license it
to everyone.  Christopher Fry and I are the co-creators of
ConciseXML and the Water language.

_Mike Plusch
CTO, Clear Methods
http://www.clearmethods.com
http://www.waterlang.org






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