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#FIXED enables the option to put it inline or to default it.
And what exactly does that buy us if a system doesn't use it,
and what would it buy us if everyone doesn't use that system?
XML doesn't stop you from doing what you suggest.
It just doesn't standardize it nor should it. If
you want OOPs, use Java or C#. Why should XML be
more extensible than it is? Why does it have to
fill niches occupied by the hardwoods?
XML is an evolutionary quandary; do more by having less,
something like a dolphin. The problem is confusing
all of the applications layered around it to use it on the
web system with XML 1.0. There are lots of people, many
many mucho lots, who fail to make that distinction. Heaven
help us if the members of the TAG fall into that group.
Parts and assemblies: it's in the way that you use it.
From: Mike Champion [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Why not just put the type information inline and
make XML more "self-describing" (please don't
shoot me ...)