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Re:  [ANN] Candle 0.8 - a new scripting language for XML

On Wed, 12 Oct 2005, Elliotte Harold wrote:

> "XML is only semi-structured with no explicit type information." is a 
> feature, not a bug. Removing it makes the data less useful, and the format 
> fairly uninteresting. XML would not be where it is today if it featured 
> strong data typing.

Why wouldn't it?  In a sensibly well-designed XML-with-data-types, the 
untyped (textual, PCDATA) values would be just one of the datatypes. So, 
any document in XML-as-we-know-it would be a well-formed document in 
XML-with-datatypes.  Anyone not interested in types is free to ignore 
them.  (Maybe it is even still possible to define XML-with-datatypes as 
an extension of XML 1.0, maintaining backward compatibility?)



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