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   RE: Why the Infoset?

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  • From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com>
  • To: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>, xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Tue, 01 Aug 2000 16:00:06 -0500

Simon, why not dig up the SGML Grove and grove plans 
to see what the subset is that exhaustively describes 
XML.  Take it to a group similar to the SML group, 
compare notes and produce a before and after list 
of what this exposes.

I feel terrible for John Cowan in this regard.  
The infoSet has been a major chore.  OTOH, if 
the dev'rs are really unhappy with it (might 
be time for a poll on that), craft an alternative. 
I say use the grove because the SGMLers did an 
exhaustive job, XML is a legal subset, so it 
seems to me, contradict me if I am wrong, a 
subset of the SGML grove is a good place to 

Len Bullard
Intergraph Public Safety

Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h

-----Original Message-----
From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:simonstl@simonstl.com]

I'd suggest that the Infoset's designers build for a wider XML-using
audience than the particular one they have envisioned, and then describe a
subset and perhaps the processing that takes information from XML syntax to
parser output.  It'd be a lot more enlightening, if a lot more work.


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