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   Re: [xml-dev] W3C Schema: Resistance is Futile, says Don Box

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From: "Mike Champion" <mc@xegesis.org>

> Nobody, even the most unwashed leaders of the peasant revolt against XSD, have 
> suggested that XSD is not "here to stay" ... merely that it is not the One True Schema 
> Language upon which all else must build.  

Actually, a guy from Oracle has suggested that XSD (1.0) is not here to stay. At
he says "Schema 2.0 will address these issues, plus I'm sure build on what we 
learn from Relax NG as well as customer feedback.  "

Of course, XSD 2.0 may be just wishful thinking, or may be a get-out-of-jail-free card,
but an XSD 1.1 is on the cards. So "here to stay" is probably not quite the right phrase.
The brand may be here to stay, but the technology may or may not change. It is too
early for consolidation on a single standard when things are in their infancy.  The
XML Schemas WG is so busy on their own secret type lattices that we should not expect
them to be up-to-date with what is happening in the rest of the world, and we should
remove from them the terrible burdon of having to be useful for every schema niche. 

People need the right tools for the job: sometimes that is a sledgehammer, sometimes
it is a Swiss-army knife.

Rick Jelliffe


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