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   RE: [xml-dev] Typing and paranoia

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No quarrel other than being sure that people 
who make and sell platforms don't get away 
with telling people they are selling XML. 
And that people who define InfoSets don't 
confuse people into believing they are 
defining XML.   That is the path back to 
homogeneous system darkness.

Infoset-driven specifications misunderstood 
have the same effect as the poppies of the 
Wicked Witch of the West.  They put the mammals 
to sleep and then one has to hope the Tin Man 
(a machine) and the Scarecrow (brainless representations) 
can save you.  One magic spell is as good as 
another in the Emerald City but don't try 
to take the ruby slippers back to Kansas.  
They don't work there.

To Oz? To Oz!


-----Original Message-----
From: Mike Champion [mailto:mc@xegesis.org]

And Tim Bray said "it would be disastrous if you were able to advertise to some 
 external party that you provide XML, and then offered anything but 
unicode-with-angle-brackets."  Well, I don't think it's either
terrifying or disastrous to have a menu of standardized infoset 
available -- e.g., things like WikiML for human authoring, something like
WBXML (what little I know of it) for constrained devices, something like 
SAX events for high performance environments.  I would totally agree that 
calling an alternative "XML" without qualification would be stupid, but 
this is a problem that HTTP content negotiation could handle easily if 
someone offered
an alternative *standardized* "XML" serialization on their website.


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