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Try to get three wise XML designers to sit down
and agree on the best way to design. Flak is
inevitable. That is why I cite the polarities.
They are, to steal from Sean, as perrenial as
I'm sitting here watching two organizations
duke it out over an architectural flaw born
of rushing to code XML and claiming to use
the web without actually taking the time to
understand it. The results were amazingly
and depressingly predictable. Loose coupling
doesn't mean one abandons cooperation and
communication. Precisely the opposite. It
means one pays considerable attention to the
mechanisms in place that enable the coupling
to be loose. The looser the system, the
more the need to use standard means.
But that means the work on the standard is
much harder and must be more precise. Thus
polarity one and two are inconflict.
(dare to do less vs liaison more).
Still, it shouldn't be that hard to steal
elements and attributes from other languages
that use the same types of content. XML
is there to make it easy to steal, and
the consortia RF-policies are there to make
it legal. Crikey, the SGMLers did it with
complete abandon. They even wrote standards
based on it (GML begat 28001 and HTML; 28001
begat the Canadian 28001 and the European
modular DTDs). Why shouldn't XML? Isn't
that what namespaces do?
Maybe the key is to get the XML designers
to be a bit more modular in the use of the
namespaces? Yes? (SGML did it with named
From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:email@example.com]
firstname.lastname@example.org (Bullard, Claude L (Len)) writes:
>I assert the future is inventable. Others have said
>as much. So the committee does choose and must. Results
>vary. Choose wisely.
And expect flak, if you can't be bothered to use the medium you claim
you're using. So far as I can tell, there's no wisdom here.
Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets
Errors, errors, all fall down!
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