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   Re: [xml-dev] syntax, model

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Dare Obasanjo wrote:

> And I'd rather have a spec written in prose than a schema any day of the week
> .

Having all three is best (formal spec, prose spec, and sample
instances), if they're all available.  But I think I'd still
pick the formal spec if I were forced to choose just one.

There's an issue of quality, too.  A prose spec written by, say, 
James Clark, is often sufficient, whereas one written by, say, 
Dave Winer may not be any more informative than the collection 
of sample instances.

With a formal notation, you can usually count on at least _some_
degree of precision.

--Joe English



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