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- From: Richard Lanyon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: email@example.com
- Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 11:23:21 +0100 (BST)
On Fri, 22 Sep 2000, Roger L. Costello wrote:
> Before moving on to when it makes sense to make the namespaces explicit
> in instance documents, I would like to pause and address Richard
> Lanyon's concern. Richard's concern is (paraphrasing):
> "Okay Roger, let's suppose that it makes sense to localize the
> complexities to the schema. An author of an instance document will
> still have to read the schema, and understand it, to write the instance
> document. Correct? How have we hidden the complexities of the
> Let me see if I can address this concern satisfactorily:
>  An instance document is written once but processed by many systems
> (write once, read many). All those systems which process the document
> are shielded from the complexities of the schema.
>  In the not-too-distant future there will be tools that read schema
> and provide a template for the instance document author to fill in. The
> tool will understand the schema and shield the author from needing to
> understand the schema.
> I hope that answers your concern satisfactorily Richard. If anyone else
> has anything to add to this please join in.
I see your point, I just suspect that the tools that you mention would
do as good a job of shielding a document reader from explicit
namespacing as they would at shielding a document author from the
complexities of the schema.
Richard Lanyon (Software Engineer) | "The medium is the message"
XML Script development, | - Marshall McLuhan
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