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From: "Mike Champion" <mc@xegesis.org>

> *IF* XML 2.0 or 3.0 or whatever makes changes that break backward 
> compatibility, the obvious solution for people who really need DTD
> features is to use SGML.  

I had an interesting quote this week from a successful vendor of
high-end typesetting systems (i.e. SGML's original target of technical,
reference and legal publishing) who said that he had seen no movement 
away from SGML for document editing in the last years.

Where XML is being used is at the production stages. But this is not
any kind of revolution, because mainstream SGML practice was 
often to normalize text (make it fully tagged) before processing it;
indeed, XML codifies this mainstream SGML use. 

Eventually the needs of manned and unmanned documents will cause a split
in XML.  Until then, XML will be encumbered by a lot of unneeded
higher layers (for publishing) and a lot of unneeded information items
(for data interchange).

Rick Jelliffe


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