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   XML.com article on the W3C XML Schema status and prospects

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  • From: "Michael Champion" <Mike.Champion@softwareag-usa.com>
  • To: <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2000 23:23:08 -0400

I highly recommend Liora Alschuler's article describing the "buzz" about the
XML Schema Last Call draft.


To very briefly quote from the conclusion:

"Sometimes heat and pressure makes a substance harder, and sometimes they
make it mushy. The schema draft has been produced within a crucible, and
there is some sentiment that it is sacrificing the very simplicity that gave
XML legs.

The most powerful argument for simplification is that the penalty for
over-simplification is much less severe than the penalty for getting it
wrong. If not specified, users will implement their own inheritance models,
after their own analysis and partner negotiation. This might not be such a
bad thing"

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