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- From: David Megginson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: "'xml-dev'" <email@example.com>
- Date: 05 Nov 1999 14:24:40 -0500
Paul Prescod <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> I don't really see how having formal, implementable specifications falls
> into the diaper and ducktape category. Does XML wrap us up in ducktape?
> SAX? DOM? HTML 4.0? Perhaps three years ago we should have released a
> one line specification: "SGML may now be used on the Web. DOCTYPE
> declarations are now optional. Otherwise, use your common sense."
Well, I would have made it a couple paragraphs longer, but in essence,
that might have served, except for two problems:
1. The SGML spec is not freely available.
2. XML removes so many details from SGML that it makes more sense to
distribute it as a separate spec than as a set of deltas.
All the best,
p.s. Shouldn't that be "duct tape", Paul and Don? We don't want the
SPCA down on us.
David Megginson email@example.com
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