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When beavering, beware the introduction of gators to 
reduce the rate of dam builders.  From that day forward, 
fishermen need rifles.

Actually, the InfoSet introduction was one of the 
features of XML system specifications that distinguished 
it from SGML.  While we used to have the ESIS arguments, 
the infoset was for me, when explained, a clarifying 
moment because it enabled me to union different systems 
under a unifying set of concepts.  

But I don't think they need to be rejoined as much 
as we need to always be aware when the introduction 
of a new requirement puts gators in the wildlife 
refuge, and then only because we have to tell the 
fishermen to buy extra gear.  Syntax is like water. 
The Infoset is a dam.


-----Original Message-----
From: John Cowan [mailto:jcowan@reutershealth.com]

"Bullard, Claude L (Len)" scripsit:

> Because it makes a difference in what is normatively 
> referenced if one knows which set of requirements 
> contain system specifications that introduce system 
> dependencies.  It is not a matter of inferior or 
> superior, but of lifecycle design.

Fair enough.  But IMO the Infoset and the Syntax were separated at
birth, and must sooner or later be rejoined.  Until that day, we
humans beaver away at keeping them consistent.


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