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   Re: [xml-dev] ASN.1 is an XML Schema Language (Fix those lists!)and Bina

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No way could I disagree with this mailing!

John L

Michael Champion wrote:

> [duh, finger slipped]
> On Monday, Nov 3, 2003, at 14:08 America/Detroit, John Larmouth wrote:
>> 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 
>> specicifications out there that use it!
>> Also, please distinguish the ASN.1 notation from the encoding rules.  
>> This is a one to many mapping.
> Please note that I am just playing with the SGML analogy here; I don't 
> pretend to know enough about ASN.1 to make a substantive contribution.  
> I would simply note that many of these good points about the pains that 
> a subset of the technology would cause the current users were made by 
> SGML advocates when XML was being debated.  In retrospect, they seem to 
> be vastly outweighed by the benefits that the refactoring brought to all.
> I'd also note that the slightly desperate tone of some of the early 
> posts in this thread remind me of SGML advocates in the '90s, who could 
> see the benefits that standardized markup could bring and couldn't 
> believe why the world didn't realize them.   The world began to realize 
> once this once the core specs were simple enough for ordinary mortals 
> (and tool developers) to work with.
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