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   Re: SAX 1.0beta

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  • From: Peter Murray-Rust <peter@ursus.demon.co.uk>
  • To: XML Developers' List <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 07:52:41

At 22:26 26/04/98 -0400, David Megginson wrote:
>I have just uploaded a beta version of SAX 1.0, which you can download

Great. Downloading it will be my first act today :-)

>Thanks and congratulations to the members of XML-DEV.

Let me be the first to congratulate David. It was a much larger task than
it looked at the beginning. It also lays a wide foundation of experience
for other activities in XML. Among the things I think we've learnt are:
	- the value of the open process
	- the need to have somebody (or some body) at the centre.
	- the determination to go round the loop many times.
	- the value of clear goals, even though they may shift
	- the strength and communal spirit of the XML community

Some people have said that SAX is past the 80/20 that we set ourselves at
the beginning - and perhaps achieved at the end of David's first month. It
seems that expansion has mainly come in non-XML things that are required in
a range of interoperable modern programs. Hopefully the strategy and/or
details of these can be re-used in other interfaces. From the point of view
of an *application-writer* I think that SAX has stuck fairly closely to
where we started, and with David's demo examples and documentation is very
easy and quick to get started with. 

I agree completely with no tweaking (except for bug fixes). My classpath is
now confused between the various versions I have been playing with. [David
- is there a driver for AElfred in this SAX release? I think the problems I
raised with you privately were spurious.]

David and others have mentioned 'SAX 2'. It might be useful to review what
this concept is and what its role would be. 

I have been very impressed by the community's contribution here and the
will to develop open solutions. There is no shortage of other areas where
such an effort would be valuable. We've shown we can do it - second time is
often easier.

I am sure that in this period of rapid XML growth David and his employers
have had many other calls on their time and - in general - I would like to
thank all those companies which have been able to contribute so publicly to
the XML-DEV effort.  I hope that is seen to be a worthwhile investment.


Peter Murray-Rust, Director Virtual School of Molecular Sciences, domestic
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