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   Re: [xml-dev] Co-operating with Architectural Forms

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  • Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Co-operating with Architectural Forms
  • From: Ronald Bourret <rpbourret@rpbourret.com>
  • Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2002 03:49:57 -0800
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"Steven R. Newcomb" wrote:
> If A and B haven't chosen to cooperate (or, more
> accurately, if they don't both happen to use (any of)
> the same base architecture(s), for whatever reason),
> AFs have nothing to offer.

Ah, this was never clear to me.

> The act of cooperating can have many benefits in
> addition to the benefit of reliable information
> interchange, while retaining local control of the
> details.  AFs just provide a tangible, workable goal
> for cooperative efforts that use syntax as the basis of
> cooperation.  That's not an insignificant thing.

In other words, AFs present a nice technical solution to the following
political problems:

1) We agree on most stuff, but you want child A (which I don't care
about) and I want child B (which you don't care about).

2) We can't agree on naming (which, as anybody knows, is what people
spend 2/3 of their time arguing about).

You're right, that's not insignificant.

-- Ron
So, basically, the companies did agree on a vocabulary and its form, but


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