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   Re: [xml-dev] limits of the generic

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Simon St.Laurent scripsit:

> (RELAX NG is on the boundary of this, I think, but crosses out of it at
> times, in things like mixed content processing.)

Can you elaborate on this?

> Unfortunately, there are also technologies which attempt to provide
> meaning.  These technologies often define vocabularies which are meant
> to be useful across all situations, but which can only prove effective
> in situations which correspond to the worldviews of their designers.
> W3C XML Schema is a classic case (especially its datatypes), but XLink
> now seems destined to join it as a limited technology whose ambitions
> outran its abilities.

XLink's got a syntax, and if you don't like it, you can lump it.  But if
you have managed to dethrone the past, adopting that syntax is not so bad.

Does anybody *really* believe that Joe Website will be writing perfect
XHTML 2.0 without tools?

> Can we give up on the dream of generic semantics so that we can get some
> real work done with labeled structured content?  Please?  A single
> syntactic solution is useful.  A single semantic solution is a wretched
> hairshirt straitjacket.


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