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- From: Marcus Carr <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: email@example.com
- Date: Tue, 25 Nov 1997 13:52:07 +1100
Derek Denny-Brown wrote:
> >Or, if you would prefer, you could use shortref in SGML and parse the comma
> >delimited files, making your input both a database dump and a valid SGML
> >instance and your output valid XML.
> But using shortref would defeat the whole point of helping the documents to be
As part of the document, the DTD would act as a formal centralised reference
rather than having to infer the structure by examination of the instances; I was
alluding to data handling generally rather than the point you were making about
> There really is need of a good book, along the lines of of what Nelson Minar was
> talking about when he refered to
> >I'm reminded of what happened in the first few months of 1994, when a
> >lot of people suddenly learned HTML. One of the most useful documents
> >(for me) of that period was Eric Tilton's essay "Composing Good HTML"
> and the need for something with XML. Such a task is much harder for XML since
> XML can be used for many purposes.
I agree, a flood of good books will be useful. I suspect that the diversity you
mention will lead to smaller publications dealing with single or fairly
tightly-grouped applications of XML.
> I fail to understand how "the current discussion" is an "enemy of moderation and
> controlled change".
Sorry, that does read very badly. What I mean is that answers to XML issues should
be given a fair chance to evolve naturally. HTML was allowed to be just a way to
present documents while people figured out how to extend it in various directions.
Although many lessons have been learned from HTML that XML can springboard from, I
think there is some danger in the perception that XML is the best way to do almost
everything. XML will be supplementary to what a number of organisations have been
doing for a long time - for many it will just be a way of putting SGML on the web
without converting to HTML first. "The current discussion" should of course go on
- I also read it with interest.
Marcus Carr email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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