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- From: David Megginson <email@example.com>
- To: XML Dev <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 11 Aug 1998 13:45:51 -0400
David G. Durand writes:
[writing about scoping in Java classes]
> The equivalent to this policy for XML would be for the "minimization
> declarations" to be local to the _entity_.
Reasonable people may disagree: many of us believe (from SGML
experience, especially) that entities are simply slightly-constrained
storage units with no other special significance -- if Java had
#include files, then those would be the equivalents of XML entities.
As far as I may be allowed to compare tropical and temperate tree
fruit, the equivalent of a Java class is a complete XML document.
The problem is that we don't have a good name for a collection of XML
documents working tightly together, the way that a collection of Java
classes can work in an applet or application -- "web" seems too loose,
and "docuverse" seems too New-Age. Any suggestions?
All the best,
David Megginson email@example.com
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