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   Re: Grove diagram (was Re: The Power of Groves)

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  • From: Len Bullard <cbullard@hiwaay.net>
  • To: "W. Eliot Kimber" <eliot@isogen.com>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 18:58:57 -0600

W. Eliot Kimber wrote:
> It's important to remember that XML simplified SGML *syntax*. It did not
> (and could not) simplify the underlying abstract data model (except
> where the SGML data model reflects optional features, like attributes
> for notations).
> This is why the idea that XML is *fundamentally* simpler that SGML is a
> Big Lie. The cost of entry is lower, but the total cost of ownership is
> essentially the same.

Good call, E.  However, let's also remember that a strength of SGML, 
I usually simply say markup systems these days, is that given some
value, the trend is for cost to go down when compared to other systems.



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