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You know Liam, this is what XML has achieve up to now. My concerns are
more with where it is going.
a) We start to see un-coordination and inconsistency in the proposed XML
framework by W3C.
b) To resolve this inconsistency we see the introduction of more complex
But I agree with you, W3C produced in the past some great technologies
and specs. And yes, it simplified SGML. Does W3C members have still
simplicity in mind?
Didier PH Martin
From: Liam Quin [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 18 septembre, 2002 13:24
To: Didier PH Martin
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] strange feeling
On Wed, Sep 18, 2002 at 01:08:18PM -0400, Didier PH Martin wrote:
> Funny, it all started with the general idea to simplify a too complex
> SGML. You know, frankly, I am starting to find SGML easier than what
> is becomming :-) :-). Maybe it's a natural tendency in human beings to
> make simple things complex. Humm, who knows ..
Wat was achieved with XML was
(1) a level of interoperability not achieved with SGML:
interoperability without human intervention,
no need to edit DOCTYPE declarations or catalogs or SDATA
entity replacements, no need to worry about normalisation support,
or ommittag behaving differently in different parsers...
(2) a small enough profile that it could be implemented quickly,
and understood easily
(3) a freely available specification
As features are added, they are added on top of that smaller foundation.
This is very different from having a large complex spec with poor
Or that's my perspective at least :-)
Liam Quin, W3C XML Activity Lead, firstname.lastname@example.org