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Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> [...] We don't seem to be able
> to have an efficient self-descriptive document and we
> don't want to accept augmentation via external documents
> (eg, DTDs, schemas). Is this an impasse that can be
> met by compromises in certain applications, but only
> narrowly and for a given application, but otherwise,
> kicks off the same discussion for any new problem?
> I am beginning to believe that attempting to work
> with self-descriptive systems for any given problem
> in every case is a non-starter.
> Well-formedness simply isn't enough for interoperability;
> portability, yes, but not interoperability.
To that I would add: XML namespaces don't solve the problem either.