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Re: XML Schema becomes a W3C Recommendation

Danny Ayers wrote:
> Your mention of never using DTDs says a lot, I get the picture that you are
> using XML primarily for representation rather than for data. Ok, so you
> don't really need DTDs/Schema if you're just wanting to show something in a
> browser, you can afford to be loose - like in HTML it doesn't really matter
> if the font isn't exactly the one you intended. If you're trying to
> accurately communicate data then DTDs become useful, and even more so XML
> Schemas. I doubt whether you would drop all constraints on your RDBMS data,
> similarly it would be foolhardy with serialized XML.
> Wouldn't it be better for it to be possible to use RSS with DTDs/Schema? I'm
> not familiar with RSS, but it does sound rather renegade if it won't even
> work with DTDs. Is there absolutely no need for validation? 

I have no problem with other applications using DTDs or W3C XML Schema
and I have no problem to find schema languages able to describe and
validate RSS 1.0! 

> Nothing needs checking? 

Of course yes, and other solutions exists that solves this issue!

> Does it need to be well-formed? Is it XML? 


> If the reasons for lack
> of interoperability lie with XML Schema not being versatile enough, then
> fair enough, the XML Schema spec needs revising. I agree that the use of XML
> Schemas should be optional, but I don't see them as some kind of ogre,
> rather a way of being able to better guarantee quality of information
> delivery - a desirable thing, surely?

I would just like to keep the freedom that we have today to choose best
of the breed technologies that seems to be compromised by the new
architecture (and especially XPath 2.0)...

See you in Hong Kong for www10:
Eric van der Vlist       http://xmlfr.org            http://dyomedea.com
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