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   RE: [xml-dev] The subsetting has begun

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> From: Dennis Sosnoski [mailto:dms@sosnoski.com]

> And yes, I see the subsetting as a good thing. 

It boils down to the question of the existence of one common subset that
makes sense for a significant class of applications. If both the class of
application and the subset of XML can be cleanly identified, then not only
will the subset gain wide acceptance, it will attain a branding outside that
of the W3C.  A sufficiently successful brand of XML will eventually develop
an agenda that comes into direct conflict with W3C's.  

That's not necessarily a disaster: the best case is that the W3C finally
gets around to embracing a subset by necessity in order to avoid two
separate incarnations of XMLish language trees.  In the worst case, the two
trees become irrevocably irreconciled and if the domains divide along the
borders of data and documents, that'll be a chasm in mighty need of a


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