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   Re: XML-Data: advantages over DTD syntax?

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  • From: len bullard <cbullard@hiwaay.net>
  • To: "Henry S. Thompson" <ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk>
  • Date: Wed, 01 Oct 1997 20:47:17 -0500

Henry S. Thompson wrote:
> Without responding to the details of Murray and Len's exchange, two
> points:
> 1) Murray is of course right that the logic of content models is not
> made any easier by changing their notation;

Nor is it made harder.
> 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.

Complexity is in the work required to create the artifact.  One 
might also argue that if it is harder to enter the artifact by 
hand or read it with that same eye, and that a graphical UI is 
required to enter it, it is more complex and the advantage of 
the UI is the crutch to support the complexity.

Anyway, without responding to the details of our exchange, you 
miss the point:  Does XML-Data offer more functionality?  If 
so, then good.  If not, then why bother?  I thought it did, 
but I could be wrong.

> 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.

Good to know.  I guess I should formerly swear my lack of 
initiation in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn as long 
as we forswearing organizations out to conquer Middle Earth. ;-)

On with the show.


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