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Re: [xml-dev] Interoperability [long]

On Thursday 15 November 2001 05:31 am, Sean McGrath wrote:
> Call me a fuddy-duddy but simple stuff like this
> was simpler with the *complex* SGML standard
> than it is with the *simple* XML standard.
> To return to the original spark of this, I believe that a significant
> part of the problem is that XML's definition is just syntax
> and compliance with the syntax doesn't tell you a lot
> when it comes to tying components together into complete
> systems.

This is the reason why things like the whole ID-processing discussion is 

With tools like DynaText/DynaWeb/Panorama etc. etc. the tools had a fair 
amount of generic processing ability, and so it was pretty easy to build 
robust hypermedia systems. Somewhere along the way, XML lost that... or 
rather the focus changed so the tools support a lot of standards that have 
little with getting the job done.