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

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Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com> writes:

> 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

We could quibble about what constitutes 'new science', but it was the
certainly uncharted territory, and certainly _not_ a brokering of
compromises as regarded existing major web vendor technology -- that
was my main disagreement with Michael Champion.

  Henry S. Thompson, HCRC Language Technology Group, University of Edinburgh
          W3C Fellow 1999--2002, part-time member of W3C Team
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