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   Re: [xml-dev] RELAX NG Marketing (was RE: [xml-dev] Do NamesMatter?)

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James Clark wrote:
> - There needs to be a tool to translate RELAX NG into DTDs and XSD. This
> would allow people to have the advantage of authoring in an easy to learn
> and easy to use schema language but still be able to interoperate with the
> rest of the XSD-using world.  At the moment, choosing to use RELAX NG means
> choosing either (a) not to interoperate with DTD/XSD tools and users or (b)
> to maintain two schema versions by hand; it's not surprising in these
> circumstances that people don't choose RELAX NG. Maybe this is wishful
> thinking, but I think if people could automatically generate decent DTDs
> and XSD schemas from RELAX NG schemas, then they would be much more likely
> to consider authoring in RELAX NG.

I think this is critical. I've often thought that if I'd written the DTD
=> XSchema converter a year earlier than I did, XSchema would have
gained a reasonable market share (for no other reason than lack of
competition) and the schema landscape would be very different from what
it is today. (By the way, both directions are needed, not just RELAX NG
=> DTD, XSD.)

-- Ron


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