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   Re: [xml-dev] The task to be solved by RDDL. Re: [xml-dev] RDDL(was RE:

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Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:

> I'm beginning to notice this as one of the fundamental confusions.
> There is no problem here. Each namespace has (or may have) its own
> RDDL document. A RDDL document describes a *namespace*. A RDDL
> document does not describe a *document*. There is not, nor was there
> ever intended to be, one canonical RDDL document for any given
> document.

While I agree that this is what RDDL is designed to solve, I think that
what Nicolas is asking for -- a document describing a given doctype --
is much more useful.

RDDL is like handing the end user of a TV set a bunch of different
manuals describing switches, CRTs, integrated circuits, and electric
cords. While a user can figure out how to turn on the TV set and adjust
the volume from these manuals, it is unlikely they will do so.

In documentation terms, RDDL is a reference manual and only low-level
people (e.g. TV repairmen) want reference manuals. Everybody else wants
a user's guide.

-- Ron


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