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   RE: XML Information Set Requirements, W3C Note 18-February-1999

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  • From: Walter Underwood <wunder@infoseek.com>
  • To: "Jeffrey E. Sussna" <jes@kuantech.com>, "'John Cowan'" <cowan@locke.ccil.org>, "'XML Dev'" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Feb 1999 14:58:33 -0800

At 02:27 PM 2/19/99 -0800, Jeffrey E. Sussna wrote:
>I think this issue needs to be addressed. It may be the case that 
>the stream contains, not one, but many documents, where each 
>information "packet" is a document. Or perhaps the afore-mentioned 
>notion of "document fragment" is introduced, and each packet is a 
>fragment. But it will definitely be necessary to support this kind 
>of processing in some manner. 

"will definitely"? Any stream has to start, and ought to be able
to end gracefully. Why not start and stop once in a while for
resyncronization? A series of document-packets (packuments?)
should work fine.

On the other hand, I'm not sure that XML must be used to solve
every problem. It's beyond me what we gain by incompatibly 
re-implementing RPC, SQL, Java class files, or whatever in XML.
Let's solve some new problems.

If we don't let go of the XML hammer once in a while, everything 
starts to look like a thumb.


Walter R. Underwood
wunder@best.com (home)
http://software.infoseek.com/cce/ (my product)

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