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   Re: Foreign Names

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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: "XML-DEV (E-mail)" <xml-dev@XML.ORG>
  • Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2000 17:39:25 -0400 (EDT)

Simon St.Laurent writes:
 > At 03:16 PM 4/15/00 -0400, David Megginson wrote:

 > >It's relatively simple to rename elements, but extraordinarily
 > >complicated to translate from one vocab to another in the general
 > >case.  When you're looking at a large network of users and producers
 > >rather than a unidirectional information-supply chain, even a simple
 > >renaming introduces too much complexity -- imagine the browser market
 > >if each natural language had its own, localized HTML vocabulary.
 > But imagine the browser market if there was a simple standardized
 > way to perform that mapping.  That would be amazing, and certainly
 > worth considering.

Yes, and that's what generated the excitement about Architectural
Forms in the first place.  

Unfortunately, the little pragmatic demon (or daemon) on my shoulder
reminds me that every new level of indirection is a new opportunity
for implementors and producers to screw up -- look how long it took
the browser vendors even to get CSS1 even close to right.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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