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   RE: [xml-dev] Integration Models (WAS RE: [xml-dev] parser models)

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It seems that the next level of mystification will 
come as I mentioned to Jonathan, when trying to 
envision integration based on document types.  This 
has begun to feel unnatural and I can't put my 
finger on why because I worked in the document 
field for so long.  Maybe it is because I saw just 
how badly documents are designed when not done by 
someone with a good eye and a sense of logical hierarchy. 
So what you say about the TEI approach makes sense, but 
it reminds me of studying standards like 38784 before 
beginning a technical manual.  (Gad, what a thought; 
standards and best practices for XML data document designs...
talk about an eliptical career!)

In other words, the stuff most programmers produce 
that have to be redone by the technical writing staff 
before publication is pretty bad, and the web pages 
we saw for awhile were too.  Are we entering a topsy turvy 
age where the technical writers become the senior 
designers and the programmers work to their designs?

That fact alone could breed a counter revolution. :-)


-----Original Message-----
From: Arjun Ray [mailto:aray@nyct.net]

"Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@ingr.com> wrote:

| Is there a confusion between loose coupling as an API/data model and 
| loose coupling as file types on the wire?  While both are viable, I 
| wonder if we would have the same confusion if the InfoSet were taught 
| before the syntax. 

Infoset before syntax is a decent idea, but starting with infosets could
be just as confusing as starting with syntax.  IMHO, it's best to start
with an explanation of and emphasis on hierarchic structure (the way the
TEI materials do, for instance, except that they were written before the
infoset concept, and use the syntax for examples).  


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