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1/14/2002 10:01:09 PM, "Dare Obasanjo" <email@example.com> wrote:
> As more and more people start working with XML and need to process
> it, the deficiency of the current technologies used for XML
> manipulation will be highlighted. The question is whether we will
> take it as a challenge to make it
> easier for people to process and manipulate XML
The question I have is "who is we"? The W3C is not likely to take
this on anytime soon. But if "we" is the XML-DEV community, it might
make an interesting project (remember that SAX came out of a long
thread on this mailing list 4 years ago). Or maybe it's a job for
dom4j.org, or an OASIS TC.
In any case, I suspect that this problem needs creative
experimentation more than standardization at this point. Do we want
a a variation of XSLT that uses a synthesis of regular expressions
and XPath? Do we want a tighter integration between a dom4j-like XML
library for Perl and Python (which have native string pattern
matching capabilities)? Do we want regular expression capabilities
added onto dom4j? How should this relate to JAXB? We don't want to
tie it to a single schema language do we?
I'd guess that all these (and more!) should be explored and
prototyped before the W3C gets involved.