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

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> I remember the SGML and ASN wars over a decade ago but 
> had no personal involvements.  I do remember some smart 
> folks at the time in the SGML camp saying that ASN was 
> a well-conceived technology but overbuilt for the documentation 
> market.  Is is an XML Schema language?  Sure.  And? 
> It seems to me that XML took the market because:
> 1.  Simpler.
> 2.  Smelled like HTML.
> 3.  Had a ready made market from the SGML community.
> 4.  Smelled like HTML.
> 5.  Had the W3C to bless it.... eventually.
> 6.  Had the SGML community's experience with hypermedia 
>     gained during the CALS era.
> 7.  Smelled like HTML.
> There may be others.

  0.  XML parser @ $0.00 vs. ASN.1 parser @ $50,000.00

The other reasons are completely irrelevant.

Michael Kay


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