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   RE: [xml-dev] Where have the element types gone?

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Peter J. Gale [mailto:thesemanticweb@yahoo.co.uk]
> Sent: Friday, December 07, 2001 11:24 AM
> To: Mike.Champion@SoftwareAG-USA.com; xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: RE: [xml-dev] Where have the element types gone?
> Am I misreading you here, or are you saying that
> perhaps XML is not up to the job required of it? Or is
> it just SGML that should go?

XML is very much up to the job, and then some,  and then even more and more
piled ever higher and deeper ... It started out as a simple subset of "SGML
for the Web", and now the total mass of XML specification (infrastructure,
not the applications) is significantly greater than SGML+HyTime+DSSSL, which
were considered far too complex for anyone other than hyper-specialists to

It is a bit unfair to simply compare the two piles of virtual paper; XML
*is* more modular than SGML.  It's definitely an advance over SGML (which
was my point), but it -- in my very humble and personal opinion -- will
continue to be subsetted, refactored, tweaked, and added to again for a
couple more iterations before it is really stable. 


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