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RE: is that a fork in the road?

I agree, but I think that is what Henry has in mind.  He 
has to speak for himself.  My theory here is that 
different people have different ideas about what 
the common data model it.  AFAIK, the current 
infoset supports XML 1.0 well-formedness well 
but only partially supports different application 
languages and XPath (it's own thing; not XML really).

We aren't forking.  We've known forever this problem 
existed.  Again, the grove guys weren't noodling for 
their edification and Newcomb has repeatedly stressed 
in this forum that a simple DOM API wouldn't cut it 
in the long run if one wants to do all of these ambitious 

We don't have to fork.  What I am trying to figure out 
is if we have to loopback and increase the size of the
orignal infoset.  That spooks me.  It might look like 
an increase in complexity (everyone has to implement it) 
or it actually makes everything thereafter easier to 
implement because the complexity gets handled in one bite.

Len Bullard
Intergraph Public Safety

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

-----Original Message-----
From: Eric van der Vlist [mailto:vdv@dyomedea.com]
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2001 2:38 PM
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: Re: is that a fork in the road?

"Bullard, Claude L (Len)" wrote:
> We are not forking.  We are on the
> road we've been in for a long long
> time.  We are a lot closer to some
> goals, and others will always move
> as soon as we get to the others.
> That is why they pay us the big bucks.

I am not so sure.

In the process of enlarging the circle, if we keep all tight together
there is a risk to fork.

On the other hand, if the pieces are kept separated into relatively
independent modules, people will be able to take those that they need
and we have a chance to avoid a split and to keep a core.

In other words, I think that the centrifugal strength may become strong
enough that if we'd better define where the pieces can be separated for
otherwise the whole stuff might explode ! 

The system is becoming heavier every day and people need to be able to
choose which pieces they need and want.