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Re: is that a fork in the road?

"Simon St.Laurent" wrote:

> Right now, it looks like we're on the way to something perhaps even more
> complex than SGML.  That seems like we've taken a rather severe wrong turn.

I don't know why it should be so surpising - XML took a complex set of
problems, broke the components into smaller pieces, picked off the easy ones to
convince everyone that it was the way to go. Now that that has been completed,
we're left with trying to resolve the original but deferred complexity as well
as the new complexity between the smaller components. Although picking the low
hanging fruit provided a good platform to market from, you would hardly use it
as a model for software development (or many other things that spring to mind).
The complexity was inevitable, but in my opinion, that doesn't doom the whole
process yet.

Well I'll be. Contrary to some reports, it now appears that SGML wasn't
exponentially more complex than it should have been. Go figure!


Marcus Carr                      email:  mrc@allette.com.au
Allette Systems (Australia)      www:    http://www.allette.com.au
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
       - Einstein