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   markup (was Re: [xml-dev] Out of topic or out of interest?)

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On Sat, 2002-05-04 at 03:14, Eric van der Vlist wrote:
> The problem of XML is also its main strengh: as a markup language, XML 
> is a compromize needed to allow generic tools. Being a compromize means 
> that in each "niche" better choices can be found.
> For instance, in the "niche" of schema languages, James Clark has shown 
> with his compact non XML syntax for RELAX NG that non XML is more 
> concise and readable.
> For web authoring I tend to completely abandon XHTML for Wiki Markup (no 
> more angle brackets and just a small list of escape characters).

I'm heading the same direction.  Regular Fragmentations got me started,
and MOE is Markup Object Events, not XML Object Events.  The structures
bear a striking resemblance to the XML Infoset and will develop features
to represent more of XML syntax, but XML is only one of several markup

I'm starting to describe markup as a process rather than a toolkit.

> And for publishing I won't be surprised if there was much better 
> languages to develop than XML dialects.
> The only place where XML is a clear winner is as en exchange format to 
> glue all these applications together, but this doesn't mean that each 
> application needs to use it, except as a glue to communicate with the 
> others.

Yep.  I like to think of XML as a convenient canonical form for all
these other flavors of markup.
Simon St.Laurent
Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets
Errors, errors, all fall down!


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