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  • From: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>
  • To: XML List <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Sun, 04 Apr 1999 17:46:49 -0500

Oren Ben-Kiki wrote:
> I find it disturbing that something such as XML which is about as "new
> technology" as you can be is already suffering from so much
> backward-compatibility and "historical reason" warts. XSL which has never
> even seen version 1.0 is already showing these symptoms!

This happens because XML is the target of intense politics and expensive
development cycles. For instance the DOM should have been one of the last
XML-family specs because it should be an API to all of the others. Instead
it was the first because the market couldn't afford the ongoing
bifurcation of "DHTML."

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

"The Reduced * Set (R*S) is a design paradigm promoting simplicity 
over all other design constraints. R*S may be applied to all 
seven OSI networking layers. In fact, layers one through six 
may be simplified to the point of extinction, promoting the 
ultimate goal of reduced complexity and utility."
 - http://www.w3.org/1999/04/REC-Reduced-set

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