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What is really frightening is how hard and loudly some
pressed for ditching DTDs at the beginning of XML. All things
considered, that would have been a horrific mistake.
Don't touch the core. Treat it like your DNA basic.
As for the rest, choose wisely including refusing to
listen where others choose for you and your instincts
tell you their choices are unwise. You have to
own your mistakes, but you will come to know them.
From a distance, given DSDL and all the rest, I think
XML is progressing splendidly because the XML community
gets wiser with every passing year and that is remarkable
for a community of this size.
From: Mike Champion [mailto:email@example.com]
d) cooperating under the aegis of the ISO DSDL effort to create
real standarization -- a menu of choices that reflect best
practices learned by the actual application
of these various schema languages.