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

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Alessandro Triglia wrote:
> Amelia A. Lewis wrote:
>>We believe in unicode and concrete syntax.
> Good.  So you don't believe in schemas.  That's fine.  Just use XML 1.0.

I don't think that that happens to be what Amy said (apologies if I 
presume wrong). The fact is that at this point in time any schema 
language for XML defines one single concrete syntax. And a fair part of 
what the ASN.1 people do not seem to understand is that the XML folks 
see that as a *good* thing.

The ASN.1 equivalent of a simple XML parser in terms of universality 
would have to properly decode (and likely handle negotiation for) BER, 
PER, CER, DER, XER, and probably LWER, OER, and SER. That's a bit of a 
behemoth to implement!

There's a lot to say in favour of minimizing the number of concrete 
syntaxes, and that's where a lot of the concerns about having *two* 
(just two!) universal formats came from at the binary infosets workshop. 
Not having two means that there'll be twenty different ones out there; 
having two may be harmful to interoperability in that it enforces (as 
opposed to just making available) an increase in options. This is a hard 
question to decide.

Choice is only technically good when you're the one choosing ;) Or at 
least, when you like all the flavours that can be chosen from.

Robin Berjon <robin.berjon@expway.fr>
Research Scientist, Expway      http://expway.com/
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