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   Re: XML-Data: advantages over DTD syntax?

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  • From: "Henry S. Thompson" <ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Wed, 1 Oct 97 10:13:04 BST

Without responding to the details of Murray and Len's exchange, two

1) Murray is of course right that the logic of content models is not
made any easier by changing their notation;

2) Complexity is in the eye of the beholder, and the advantage to the
user of being able to use the SAME graphical UI to construct both
instance and schema might be taken to operate in favour of the schema
approach in this area.

Note:  I am not now nor have I ever been a Microsoft employee, nor is
Steve De Rose.  Microsoft paid for my trip to Redmond during which
the foundations for the XML-Data document were laid, but they don't
own or operate me.

I've learned by working with our co-authors at Microsoft and their
colleagues that there are people in Redmond who lack horns and are
both technically competent and genuinely interested in standards.

Accordingly, I'd be greatful if those commenting on this document
could avoid the cheap rhetorical device of referring to "the Microsoft
approach", implying thereby that it shouldn't be taken seriously
because we all know that Microsoft are {only in it for the money,
aiming at world domination, fundamentally duplicitous, . . .}, and
concentrate on technical issues.


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