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Re: The relentless march of abstraction

What is "draconian error recovery" and why are you thanking it if it keeps
XML from being easy?

And what's a potted summary?

Questions, questions.


----- Original Message -----
From: "John Cowan" <cowan@mercury.ccil.org>
To: "Dave Winer" <dave@userland.com>
Cc: "XML-Dev (E-mail)" <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
Sent: Monday, February 26, 2001 5:52 PM
Subject: Re: The relentless march of abstraction

> Dave Winer scripsit:
> > Just the first few paragraphs opened my eyes to where the process is
> > with XML. I never understood what "infoset" was all about. Now that I
> Henry is a fine fellow who has done much good work.  His view of the
> Infoset is not the only view, nor is this potted summary (IMHO) a fair
> representation of even Henry's view, much less the total view.
> (I speak as an editor of the Infoset, but not officially for the Core WG.)
> > There will be adoption where [XML is] as easy and forgiving as
> > HTML was in 1994.
> That will never happen, thanks to draconian error recovery.  Hopefully
> XML will never become such a mess as HTML has become, either.
> > The relentless march to abstraction is good for keeping standards wonks
> > employed, but it doesn't do bupkis for interop and level playing fields
> > progress towards new Pleasure Buttons For The People. (Which is why HTML
> > such a breath of fresh air and so successful.)
> Without standards, there is no interoperability, much less a level
> playing field.
> --
> John Cowan                                   cowan@ccil.org
> One art/there is/no less/no more/All things/to do/with sparks/galore
> --Douglas Hofstadter