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   RE: Feeling good about SML

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  • From: "Gavin Thomas Nicol" <gtn@ebt.com>
  • To: <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Nov 1999 23:06:48 -0500

> 1. SML shall be easier to learn than XML
> Ideally, one should be able to learn the ins and outs of SML
> COMPLETELY within 30 minutes.  Amount of time spent is not
> important but it can be used to indirectly measure the level of
> required attention span, mental model complexity, amount of
> details one must remember, etc.

I think that making the syntax trivial to learn is the least
of the problem. The real issues lie in applicability and
in the problems XML is being applied to. Even today it doesn't
require a lot of work to apply XML to a problem... but then
again, it takes a fair amount of skill to apply XML to the
problem *meaningfully*.

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