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   syntax (was RE: [xml-dev] What is "the Web")

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On Fri, 2002-04-26 at 14:28, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> But I am just as paranoid as Bray about what 
> happens if the syntax anchor is pulled out. 
> The utility of that is undeniable.  For my 
> money, when the syntax goes away, it quits 
> being XML, the point being, the infoset 
> abstraction does not shrink the space of 
> needed processing resources as well as the 
> syntax does.

Syntax pours a lot of concrete into airy abstractions, and even lets you
ask tough question and expect a straight answer.  While a lot of people
seem more interested in ideas than syntax, control over syntax can be an
enormous source of power.

I'm not expecting the entire world to use XML syntax - it's not ideal
for everything - but when it's time to present a canonical and
processable view of information, it's glorious stuff. 
Simon St.Laurent
Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets
Errors, errors, all fall down!


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