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   Re: thoughts on XInclude

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  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: Paul Grosso <pgrosso@arbortext.com>, XML-Dev Mailing list <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Thu, 18 May 2000 13:35:20 -0400

At 11:33 AM 5/18/00 -0500, Paul Grosso wrote:
>Under what radar?  On March 23 I posted the following to xml-dev
>(the archives are missing March 18-March 26th, to I can't point to them):

The discussion radar, anyway.  I didn't mean that the WG was conducting its
work in secret (more than usual, anyway) - rather, I meant that no one
seems to be expressing opinions publicly, favorable or unfavorable.

I know that there are a number of folks with strongly unfavorable opinions
of XInclude and also XBase, as well as a number who really really like it.
I understand XSL-List has discussed them lately
(http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list/archive/msg12531.html), but
otherwise public discussion has been remarkably non-existent. 

>The public archives show a few comments (though it contains
>more spam than comments!).  If you have comments, send them.  
>Not much has happened since the March 23rd public draft.  
>Nothing much under the radar here.

The spam factor has been irritating, but I'm not sure that's the worst of it.

Basically, I'm not sure comments saying that 'XInclude is a bad idea' will
be taken seriously; while W3C lists occasionally respond to 'this feature
is a bad idea', questioning entire projects is usually taken as lese
majeste[1] or ignored.  Those kinds of concerns tend to be the ones I hear
voiced privately.

[1] - http://www.wordsmyth.net/cgi-bin/simplesearch.cgi?matchid=23662&retall=1

Simon St.Laurent
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