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   Re: [xml-dev] XUL Compact Syntax Study Now Online - Is XML too hard for

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Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu> writes:

> At 4:25 AM -0400 4/16/04, Gerald Bauer wrote:
> >    I wrote up the compact syntax study after reading
> >up on the compact (non-XML) syntax for Relax NG - a
> >schema language for XML. See http://www.relaxng.org
> >for details.  In case of Relax NG the compact non-XML
> >syntax clearly beats the XML syntax.
> A lot of people feel that way. I don't though. I personally find the
> XML syntax to be significantly easier to read and understand than the
> RELAX NG compact syntax.

I can second that. It's good that James gave us two alternatives, but
every time I have to read RNC, I have to go back and check what the
symbols mean. Admittedly, I don't read a lot of RNC, or I would have
learned the syntax. But as a causal user, I find the XML syntax a
better trade-off between "self-describing markup" and ease of
authoring. I doubt Aunt Trudie is a less causal user than I am :=)


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