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   RE: [SML] Data Markup Language?

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  • From: "Don Park" <donpark@docuverse.com>
  • To: <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999 05:30:04 -0800

I agree that there is a rather vague boundary between
data and publishing.

>What is SML about anyway? What are the benefits beyond
>reductionism?  Hard to be interested when you don't
>know what its for.

The problem is that people who are interested in SML
are approaching with a rather wide varietry of needs.
My own reason for suggesting SML was finding a right
balance between two primary definitions of the word
'simple': minimal and easy.

Benefit wise, I believe the EBNF v0.2 is minimal
enough to provide most, if not all, of the benefits
XML offers at 100% increase in speed and 50% reduction
in code size.  I also believe it is also simple enough
to implement in hardware to be incorporated into small
devices (SML Ring?).  This is just a guess so don't
bother saying 'prove it or else'.

>Personally I'm waiting to see what APIs might be layered
>on top of SML, and then possibly retrofit them to an
>XML parser and then be on my way...

SML's impact on DOM API should be fairly significant.
At least half of the interface and methods can be
thrown out in SDOM.  Effect on SAX should be somewhat
less though.


Don Park    -   mailto:donpark@docuverse.com
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