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Re: [xml-dev] Debating "civil disobedience" against overly complicatedspecs
- From: "Simon St.Laurent" <email@example.com>
- To: "Champion, Mike" <Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2001 20:33:16 -0400
At 08:14 PM 9/23/2001 -0400, Champion, Mike wrote:
>"I agree that the XML's namespace syntax is needlessly complicated and
>confusing. Nonetheless, an XML API cannot fix the problem by pretending XML
>complicated than it really is. ElectricXML may feel easier at first than
>more XML-compatible APIs like SAX, DOM, and JDOM; but it's bound to cause
>more pain in the long run. "
>I think there's an issue here that goes way beyond ElectricXML and
>namespaces: Are acts of "civil disobedience" against "needlessly complicated
>and confusing" specs a Good Thing because they point us in the right
>direction or a Bad Thing because they cause chaos?
You can say similar things about SOAP, as it forbids DOCTYPE
declarations. Wait a second, some people already _are_ asking that:
(and Mike's answered as well.)
Could be some interesting if chaotic times ahead.
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