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   Re: Irony heaped on irony

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  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>, David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • Date: Thu, 18 May 2000 11:59:51 -0400

At 10:43 AM 5/18/00 -0500, Dan Connolly wrote:
>I think that on the contrary, it's important that the schema spec
>leads the way toward the self-describing web.

I'm deeply concerned that this rush toward the 'self-describing web' is
taking us closer and closer to the 'self-destructing web', as a large
number of controversial issues are being glossed over in the interest of
making namespaces point to schemas, today.

The particular path being proposed to the 'self-describing web' is of
questionable value, built on a spec that's been controversial since its
first appearance and which continues to raise new questions.

As much as people hate it, maybe it's time to slow down, get some
experience with how these things work in practice, and move toward the
'self-describing web' when (and only when) the parts involved are
well-understood and considered clean.

Simon St.Laurent
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