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   Re: [xml-dev] W3C Successes (RE: [xml-dev] W3C Culture and Aims )

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Henry S. Thompson wrote:

> Um, as regards XML, you're joking, right?  Look at the history.  It's
> _completely_ unlike HTML, it was way out ahead of what any vendors
> were thinking about, much less trying-and-failing to interoperate.  It 
> was in fact a lot like XSLT and XML Schema:  real new science was done 
> in the WGs.

Er, I don't see it that way.  We took the 5% of SGML that was widely 
used, threw away the rest, insisted on using URIs for external 
reference, and allowed skipping the DTD.  The only really significant 
new items were, I think:

- draconian error-handling
- rigid insistence on Unicode chars and nothing but
- the encoding signaling trick

Not much new science there.  I also think that the W3C excels when it 
formalizes what has already been proven to work. -Tim


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