Re: NMTOKENS: good or evil?
> Not bizarre at all. Developers want XML technologies to reflect their > needs. So they expose > the parts of XML that they need, and don't do anything that would > promote or entrench the > extraneous parts of XML. > > This freedom in the long run gives us better and simpler technology, > they hope, but at the > cost of making the current technology ratty, tatty and shitty. It seems > a little cynical > sometimes. And futile: the next generation of technology with the same > attitude will also > be shitty. The better way is to let the market of users decide what is > good technology, > not the whims of implementers. (So rather than providing no API for > PIs, for example, > provide the API but give arguments why it is no good.) Well, the on the other hand you have a standard like XQuery. XQuery is an extremely powerful language, has a rich syntax, a huge function library etc. The users bemoan that it's too complex and that it came too late (which is normal, as designing and implementing such a huge standard is complex). I think this is always a trade off. Had XSLT1 had all the features of XSLT2, it would probably have been stillborn. Regards, Martin
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