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   Re: PC Week on "Why XML is Failing" ?????

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  • From: "Betty L. Harvey" <harvey@eccnet.eccnet.com>
  • To: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2000 17:42:00 -1000 (HST)

On 26 Apr 2000, David Megginson wrote:

> "Michael Champion" <Mike.Champion@softwareag-usa.com> writes:
> > Take your favorite antacid and check out
> > http://www.zdnet.com/pcweek/stories/news/0,4153,2551691,00.html
> > 
> I looked at the article, and it sounds about right (except for the
> headline and the conclusion) -- I never bet much on the success of
> schema repositories anyway.

I would would also point out that 'schema repositories' the way
BizTalk.Org and Oasis.org have implemented them are confusing and possibly
dangerous.  Both OASIS and BizTalk suck-in any DTD or schema which are
provided to them.  I was at a meeting recently where an 'unnamed' company
stated that their DTD was the 'e-commerce catalog standard DTD' because it
was 'approved' by OASIS.

The DTD didn't meet general catalog requirements and it didn't parse -- of
course, very few DTD's actually parse coming out of e-commerce

I think providing a 'standard repository' requires a certain level of
technical scrutiny and responsibility.


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