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   Re: [xml-dev] Non XML syntaxes

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From: "John Cowan" <jcowan@reutershealth.com>

> What is new (except to Lispers) is the idea of a standardized intermediate
> syntax into which the surface syntaxes can be translated.  We do not need
> one parser per vocabulary *per implementation*; it suffices to have a
> single standard translator from the specialized syntax to the general one.

Don't forget SGML short-references.  You can normalize a short-refed
document into a fully tagged document.

Where SGML short tags go wrong in the XML world is that they disrupt
well-formedness:  as well as the nice 
which expands to 
it also allows 

So any reintroduction of a short-ref-like mechanism into XML must
be as a post-process (or Schema process) with WF-XML in and
WF-XML out (augmented with other infotypes if you like).

WXS has its lists and regular expressions, and Simon's Regular
Fragmentations goes a little further. I don't think these go far
enough in their current forms.

Rick Jelliffe


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