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For every feature of SGML that was taken out of XML,
there was an existing application that used it. If
you go down this path, you may be required to consume
the parent language. XML killed SGML. ASN.2 may be
required to do the same. If so, start the debate on
the new name now as that debate will consume a lot
of cycles later.
Then you can consider the parent language the pioneering
effort that secured your future just as SGML/HyTime/DSSSL
secured the future of XML and other markup systems to come.
There is nothing wrong with profiting twice from one technology
if you are certain that profit comes of improvements and the
enabling of larger markets. Pioneers secure the future;
ranchers develop it; cowboys work it; dudes sell it. Pick a role.
From: John Larmouth [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Suggestions for an ASN.2 that is a cut-down, basic, ASN.1 abound. But the
problem is that for every feature you look at, there are real
out there that use it!