RE: SGML complexity
sterling said: > > Yes, the short term test is "community" but in the end, the technology > has to be irreversibly satisfying to some market need and adopted by > all of the user members of that market. The products that support and > enable must satisfy the essence of that need. > > As I see the market need, it is universal, not niche. The real market is > for a universal solution capable of solving any demand for ordered data > presentations. Few want to learn some of the 20000000000000000000 > different --ml languages for each segment of it. Agree! Some statistics and feedback from our users/visitors and personal communications with colleagues confirm that for adopting an XML framework people strongly disagree managing the unending list: XML, namespaces, DTD, Schema, XSL-FO, CSS, SVG, c-MathML, p-MathML, CML, XHTML, XLinX, XQuery, XPath, HlinX, STTML, InfoSet, Canonical XML, XPointer, UnitsML, XInclude, XSLT, Atom, DOM, DCMI, GML, RDF, SAX, XForms, Xbinding, XBL, XMLI At the Center > Most want a language like English, that can be used to present and > express anything that comes up. SGML does that. It takes about 15 > years for members of the general population to learn the English > language, how long would it take for the general population to learn > SGML? English is one of the most hated sujects in grammar and high > school and I think SGML would be too, but it is the only language that > could be truly universal. Not very universal in humanities today due to non-hierarchies. That is reason of development of non-SGML alternatives. > I think the targeted community approach will work for a while, but in > fewer than six or seven years you might run out of targeted > niche communities. There are still a few commodore computer fans! > > sterling > > On Thu, 7 Sep 2006, Michael Kay wrote: > >> > xml's future is tied up in all these things and more. as is >> > xslt, and sax. >> >> Yes and no. You have to have a critical mass to survive, but you don't >> need to win a ratings war. Just because J. K. Rowling sells more >> copies doesn't mean my book is a failure. The test is whether you have >> a user community that gets benefits from the technology, not whether >> there are people outside that community who fail to see the benefits, >> or whether there's the odd person throwing mud from the sidelines. >> >> Michael Kay >> http://www.saxonica.com/ >> Juan R. Center for CANONICAL |SCIENCE)
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