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   Re: XML complexity, namespaces (was WG)

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  • From: James Robertson <jamesr@steptwo.com.au>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Fri, 19 Mar 1999 12:52:00 +1000

At 08:45 19/03/1999 , Marcus Carr wrote:

  | Chris Lilley wrote:
  | [a number of sideways kicks at SGML, then:]
  | > There are significant portions of the old SGML community working to
  | > improve XML and to help build the missing parts which are needed. I have
  | > a lot of rwespect for that portion. There are, as you say, other parts
  | > which are merely trying to save their own highly paid jobs as priests of
  | > complex, low-powered technology. One can usually tell the difference by
  | > noting that the former portion have their eyes open.
  | Spare me. The biggest driving factor behind people working in SGML is the 
  | fact that there are
  | clients who want work done. SGML is neither complex nor low-powered, as 
  | numerous defence,
  | telcos, legal publishers, stock exchanges, aircraft manufacturers, 
  | automotive companies, etc.
  | can attest. Generalisations of the participants such as those above,
  | friction between
  | the XML and SGML camps and reveal an inate lack of understanding about the 
  | relationship
  | between the two. I will thank you to not to categorise me as either a
  | XML groupie" or a
  | "garden gnome".

Hear, hear!

I'm another who is happily getting on with real work, for real
people, solving real problems, using SGML.

It's about time we stopped wasting time arguing about what
the "next generation" of schemas should be.

Let's get on with actually using XML as it stands, and 
prove to the world that it's more than just hot air.


James Robertson
Step Two Designs Pty Ltd
SGML, XML & HTML Consultancy

"Beyond the Idea"
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