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At 02:33 PM 6/21/2002 -0500, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
>Is that wise? IMO, XML Schema should be taught to students
>who are about to enter a world where a healthy percentage
>of what they will be asked to code will be in relational
>or object-oriented databases, and where the tool support
>for XML Schemas is already in place and advanced. At least
>make them aware of what is out there with some overviews
>of all the options (RNG, XSD, DTD, Schematron, minimum).
>This is too much like teaching DOM without teaching SAX.
>Errors of design judgement result.
Right. And they should also be taught the value of all-out business
battles, how to follow crowds unthinkingly, and the value of using whatever
happens to be handed to them at the time.
I applaud David for teaching students a schema form which might encourage
them to focus on the basics of information structure development before
throwing them into an approach which offers a deluge of features manageable
primarily through tools which separate them from the information.
Teaching DOM without teaching SAX seems infinitely more appropriate by
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