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- From: Paul Prescod <email@example.com>
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- Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 10:44:30 -0600
Len Bullard wrote:
> suggested to the EDI committees that markup was preferable, it was
> dimissed as an irrelevant text format. When I was at the PDES meetings
> when SGML was first considered, it was only as a string alternative
> to the somewhat byzantine document model they were building. No, Paul,
> two things made the EDI folks take it seriously:
The "EDI folks" are not the drivers of electronic commerce. GM is
partnered with CommerceONE and Ford is partnered with Oracle. The EDI
people are merely falling into line.
> Common LISP comes to mind. S-expressions, as Dan Connoly told me, are
> the highest form. Why not LISP? Well, because HTML wasn't written
> in LISP. As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.
LISP S-expressions have three problems:
* even more stigma than SGML
* as you say, angle brackets were king
* no schema language
But yes, if Microsoft had backed s-expressions, XML would not be where
it is today. And nobody would be whining that XML is way too large and
complicated for many applications. That might be a good thing.
DSSSL-style S-expressions would be MUCH better for representing property
relationships than XML is, and property relationships are pretty central
to e-commerce and all sorts of machine to machine communication.
SML people: think on this.
Paul Prescod - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for himself
Bart: Dad, do I really have to brush my teeth?
Homer: No, but at least wash your mouth out with soda.
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