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   Re: [xml-dev] modeling, validating and documenting an xml grammar

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From: "Dennis Sosnoski" <dms@sosnoski.com>
> Bob Foster wrote:
> >Going back over the RELAX NG archives, the recorded discussion of
> >minOccurs/maxOccurs was focused on requirements, not implementation. The
> >committee apparently couldn't make a strong case for the feature, and "if
> >doubt, leave it out" carried the day.
> >
> Wow, what a hidebound approach to design! Good thing the WXS crew didn't
> have such a regressive attitude.

That is so true. Considering actual user needs, striving for simplicity,
basing your design on mathematical principles, etc. are powerful repressive
forces. If such considerations had held back WXS, we might not today enjoy
interleave for dummies, object orientation without objects, or even
non-commutative set union, the mighty engine that drives XQuery validation,
and makes possible the typeswitchlottery feature.

Bob Foster


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