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And that is the point. It is a Chinese finger puzzle where
at least one end has to push toward the other to get free.
I'm cracking wise with the 'nice guys' comment, but I don't
think they do it to 'extinguish' either.
Dare has already told us part of the why: integration and
named types (thanks to James Clark for clarifying). One
could counter that extending system.xml to include rng support
is not that big a deal for MS, but I have to take the word
of the MS managers that they don't get any technical leverage
from that. So this is yet another, 'put the running code
out there and convince their customers'. Note, I didn't say
convince the experts here, or even the open source community,
but their customers. I agree with you that it is a good
option to have.
From: Michael Champion [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, October 26, 2003 8:28 PM
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] can you use inheritance (extension) in relax ng?
On Sunday, Oct 26, 2003, at 16:01 America/Detroit, Tim Bray wrote:
> So what possible reason could Microsoft have for *not* making an
> investment in RelaxNG?
I'm not sure I agree with Len that MS are being "nice guys" and leaving
this to the open source community, but they do have an open (in the
sense of well-defined and extensible) architecture that clearly can
support an aftermarket. So, what reason could open source projects or
startup companies not have for building, say, a RelaxNG-powered Office
2003 plugin that lets one take advantage of the MS XML capabilities
without forcing them to endure the pain of W3C XSD for no gain (e.g.,
in the world of documents as opposed to data)?
I have s sinking feeling that the open source projects won't do it
because of the well-known antipathy of MS for open source (and vice
versa?), and the startups won't invest because they figure that some
open source project will do it. I hope I'm wrong!
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