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Re: atoms, molecules
- From: "Simon St.Laurent" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Steve.Rosenberry@ElectronicSolutionsCo.com
- Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2001 20:30:44 -0400
At 08:25 PM 4/17/01 -0400, Steve Rosenberry wrote:
>Noah's main justification against the proposal came down to this:
>"The XML Recommendation itself is very clear that : "Terseness in XML
>markup is of minimal importance." While individual cases require
>judgment, it seems a mistake in general to try and use schemas to undo
>this stylistic decision. ...
Uh, okay, so why not require everyone to use markup like:
>I choose these other XML goals as justification for datatypes as regular
> 2. XML shall support a wide variety of applications.
> 6. XML documents should be human-legible and reasonably clear.
> 9. XML documents shall be easy to create.
>Goals 6 and 9 are in direct competition with goal 10 which Noah
>referenced. As for goal 2, the reason I am specifically looking at XML
>as a solution is that I can define my own application specific language
>that comes with a strong already written parser. By adding parser
>constructs that simplify and clarify my specific language, my users gain
>more benefits from goals 6 and 9.
Yep. And by making it possible to access that information in multiple
environments, you preserve a lot of the interoperability that XML
promises. Working with atoms lets us avoid a lot of not-very-portable
>On the other hand and in the interest of fairness, all the features that
>everyone in the XML community keeps adding on top of the original XML
>spec (Schema, SOAP, etc...) contradicts another of the original XML
> 5. The number of optional features in XML is to be kept to the
> absolute minimum, ideally zero.
>I guess that's why we keep creating new names for all these other
Heh. I'm afraid I agree, and I've always found XML 1.0 itself to have too
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