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   RE: Forget SML. We need RTSML.

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  • From: Mark Birbeck <Mark.Birbeck@iedigital.net>
  • To: 'Jelks Cabaniss' <jelks@jelks.nu>, 'XML Dev' <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Sun, 28 Nov 1999 17:36:17 -0000


I don't know why you're missing the obvious point, which is that there
is lot of programming overhead in allowing any tag to be used. It's also
very confusing for beginners. Far better to restrict the language to one

 	document ::= StartTag Stuff EndTag
 	StartTag ::= '<RTSML>'
 	EndTag   ::= '</RTSML>'

I was wondering why we couldn't have '/' as the end tag, if there is
only one, but I think that would weaken the error-chocking capabilities.

You also said:

> We expect RTSML 1.0 to be a WFeCes Recommendation on April 1, 
> 1999 or day after
> tomorrow (whichever comes first).

I assume this was a typong mistake; you surely mean in the 1st April,


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