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RE: [xml-dev] Caught napping!

So, what are you saying here, Tim? That we don't need interoperable data
structures and APIs? Or that the effort is futile and we should just give

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tim Bray [mailto:tbray@textuality.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2001 11:13 AM
> Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Caught napping!
> At 10:07 PM 12/11/01 -0800, Ronald Bourret wrote:
> >Out of curiousity, how many people think of XML in text 
> terms, not model
> >terms? My guess is that even proponents of well-formed XML eventually
> >fall into the model camp, but I'm not sure.
> As I've said before, 
> 1. the only normative definitions of XML, and of Namespaces,
>    operate almost completely at a syntactic level.  
> 2. I've been in software for 20 years and I've seen lots
>    of interoperable cross-platform syntax and very rarely
>    an interoperable cross-platform data structure or API.
> Obviously, once you're dealing with some XML inside of
> a program, you think in terms of the structure.  But XML's
> interoperability is strongly linked to the fact that 
> its definition is syntactic.  -Tim
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