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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
From: Larry Masinter <LMM@acm.org>
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Cc: 'Paul Hoffman / IMC' <email@example.com>, 'Marshall Rose' <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Scott Hollenbeck <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.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
Submitted to the Internet Drafts, but available now at
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