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   Re: [xml-dev] The subsetting has begun

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Mike Champion wrote:

> How would what Dare, Robin, Don Box et al, or anyone else suggest take away
> your working integrations?  Are your customers going to swayed by the thought
> that someone out there might have a need for binary infosets or alternative
> serializations so therefore they must inflict it on you?

As I have pointed out in my reply to John Cavnar-Johnson, they are not my
customers. In fact, few of them know of my existence. That is just the point,
and this is how web services (that is, processing services based on well-formed
XML documents and the internetwork topology) are so strikingly different from
the cartelization which pretends to be distributed computing. I am looking for
the shortest list of prerequisites and the lowest barrier to entry. In my
opinion, backed up by working processing, that consists of
    1)  well-formed XML Rec-conformant documents paralleling precisely what is
used in paper-based business, with minimum markup
    2)  the output of every process published (as  document, as above) at an
appropriate URI, accessible through the usual http-based tools and security
    3)  the form (and content) of output of every process precisely reflecting
the processor's expert understanding of that output, rather than conditioned in
ny way by its expected downstream use or by assumptions about its downstream
    4)  the understanding that there is no input interface and therefore of
course no 'contract' to process some document simply because it conforms to
some expected form or validates against some agreed content model.

That's all. How could that be any different from the controls imposed by a
Henry Ford? This is all about interoperability (trusting master craftsmen to
select the input required by their particular processing and then publishing
the most expert form of output for the use of similarly expert interested
parties) rather than interchangeability (forcing a common denominator data
structure which meets the specific needs of no one onto every cooperating


Walter Perry


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