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   RE: SML answers for SML problems

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  • From: Sean Mc Grath <digitome@iol.ie>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Sat, 13 Nov 1999 10:46:30 +0000

[Don Park]
>If 0% of SGML is TEXT then 4% seems useful enough. <g> Frankly,
>I am still not sure if SML has enough momentum to fly.  I am
>just talking the talk and walking the walk to see if where it
>leads.  Ideas tend to have a mind of its own.

Unfortunately, 0% of SGML is completely incompatible
with 0.1% of SGML. Same goes for XML.

What I mean is that plan text is not a subset
of SGML or XML. If XML is the new ASCII wouldn't
it be great if it was backwardly compatible with
the existing ASCII?

To be concrete. I think it makes a lot of sense
to allow a plain text document to parse and
emerge at the far end of an XML processor
as a single xml:text node consisting

>From a software development perspective this
appeals to be. I make text processing tools
such as, say, XML-aware search tools, yet
know that I can use em to process plain
text without any code changes.


<Sean uri="http://www.digitome.com/sean.html">
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