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

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Amelia A Lewis [mailto:amyzing@talsever.com] 
> Sent: Monday, June 10, 2002 7:35 PM
> To: Aaron Skonnard
> Cc: 'Tim Bray'; xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: RE: [xml-dev] W3C Schema: Resistance is Futile, says Don Box
> So I'd suggest that XSDL's attempt to produce a universal 
> system isn't a success, and that the first thing to begin 
> with is to define the minimal role of typing in XML.  Perhaps 
> it's possible to move conversion from the application into 
> XML (although I still don't quite understand how one is going 
> to map, for instance, signedInt into perl or python without 
> writing a specialized constraint handler of some sort, which 
> effectively puts it back into the application), but I don't 
> think that this should be the focus of simple type 
> definitions.  If it's supposed to be, then the type 
> definition probably ought to include the target language or 
> languages.  And in any event, validation of primitive types 
> is the first step to actually doing the conversions, and 
> specifies the *XML content*, rather than per-language conversion APIs.

Your experiences do not mirror those of most people I know. XSD has been
a boon to creating mechanisms for transparently serializing objects into
XML and back. .NET users utilize it all the time and the only complaints
I have seen are that the functionality we provide is not fully featured

The shortest distance between two points is under repair.

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