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   Re: [xml-dev] ConciseXML syntax

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The ConciseXML syntax can express things that XML 1.0
syntax can not. For example, attributes that hold any type
of object, not just a string.

There is nothing that the XML 1.0 syntax can express that
the ConciseXML syntax can not.

Therefore, ConciseXML is a superset of XML 1.0
(and XML 1.0 is a subset of ConciseXML)

SGML required domain knowledge (knowledge about
tag meaning) to be able to parse a document. This is
something that XML 1.0 fixed, and ConciseXML
shares that same property.

Here is the major problem with XML 1.0:
If you ask 5 developers to create an XML 1.0 representation
for a single, well-specific object (say a Java object), then
you will likely get 5 _different_ XML 1.0 representations
for that same object.  This is a HUGE problem that leads
to a lot of semantic ambiguity. ConciseXML has no
such problem.


----- Original Message -----
From: "John Cowan" <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
To: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Cc: <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2003 2:13 PM
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] ConciseXML syntax

> Simon St.Laurent scripsit:
> > I've always assumed that "compatible with XML" meant "would pass
> > an XML 1.0 parser without a fatal error".  There are lots of ways
> > subset XML and remain compatible on those terms.
> The compatibility seems to run the other way: ConciseXML is a subset
of XML 1.0.
> --
> De plichten van een docent zijn divers,         John Cowan
> die van het gehoor ook.
>       --Edsger Dijkstra
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