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   RE: [xml-dev] The subsetting has begun

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>This is about deciding what set of features 
>can always be relied upon from an XML processor. 

Let me amend that:  or it is about creating 
classes of XML processors by their features 
signature and managing these if no single 
XML subset can be negotiated and the parties 
pleading the case cannot be satisfied by the 
status quo.

I think that will be a disaster, a true  
dllHellInXML.  It could open so many bags o' bugs 
that the price for performance will be extra 
years until web services are pervasive.

Where do folks want to spend the money?  There 
ain't no free lunch.

Question:  how many of you participating in this 
thread have read Tim Bray's XML-SW paper at 


[Tim fellow, make that easier to find from 
your index page!  I had to go to Google 
to find it.]

Perhaps we should, for a strawman's sake, put 
that one proposal on the table here on XML-Dev 
and debate its merits vis a vis our different 
applications.  I'm not for it or against it, 
but it is the best documented thinking put 
forward that I've seen so far on the subject 
of an XML subset.  If debated, it would surely 
out the differences among the supporters of 
this effort.

My objection to it was including namespaces 
in THE core.  If it is not the core, nevermind; 
it is a good place to start on a subset.



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