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Well worth a read.  They appear not to have considered schema
possibilities beyond DTDs and W3C XML Schema, but it's stimulating
reading in any case.  The discussion of ASN.1 and BNF is especially

-----Forwarded Message-----

From: Larry Masinter <LMM@acm.org>
To: ietf@ietf.org, discuss@apps.ietf.org, ietf-xml-mime@imc.org
Cc: 'Paul Hoffman / IMC' <phoffman@imc.org>, 'Marshall Rose' <mrose@dbc.mtview.ca.us>, Scott Hollenbeck <shollenbeck@verisign.com>, ietf-xml-use@imc.org
Subject: "Guidelines for the Use of XML in IETF Protocols"
Date: 06 Apr 2002 11:47:48 -0800

   The eXtensible Markup Language (XML) is a framework for structuring
   data.  While it evolved from SGML -- a markup language primarily
   focused on structuring documents -- XML has evolved to be a widely-
   used mechanism for representing structured data.

   There are a wide variety of Internet protocols; many have need for a
   representation for structured data relevant to their application.
   There has been much interest in the use of XML as a representation
   method.  This document describes basic XML concepts, analyzes various
   alternatives in the use of XML, and provides guidelines for the use
   of XML within IETF standards-track protocols.

Intended Publication Status
   It is the goal of the authors that this draft (when completed and
   then approved by the IESG) be published as a Best Current Practice

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