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   Re: [xml-dev] Lx: compact syntax for XML

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On Sunday, April 18, 2004, at 10:19 PM, Rick Marshall wrote:

> this may sound crazy, but every proposal i've seen so far to make xml
> quicker/faster seems to rely on getting rid of the end tag.

Ah, but I don't want to make XML `quicker/faster' for the machines (the 
other current thread here recognises that this is largely pointless in 
the vast majority of cases).

I just want to make XML (specifically XSLT and occasional RDF) easier 
to read and write, and a bit easier for my editor to grok helpfully 
(and yes, I do use psgml).

Thomas Passin's python-like syntax is nice, too, and similarly 
isomorphic to standard XML.  The only difference is that Thomas's 
syntax doesn't leap out of the page at me, whereas the lispish syntax 
does.  Thomas clearly does a lot more Python than I do, so maybe this 
is just a matter of habits and training, but it's this sort of `visual 
obviousness' that I'm after, that Lx has, and XML's angle brackets 

It's not that I've got a downer on angle brackets -- I've been working 
with *ML long enough for that -- just that the decision to have XSL 
written in XML instance syntax means that XSL is a lot less legible, 
not to say downright ugly, than it has to be.

All the best,


Norman Gray                   http://www.astro.gla.ac.uk/users/norman/
Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow    norman@astro.gla.ac.uk


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