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>Ease can be bought at the price of general knowledge and skill.
In developing the RELAX NG compact syntax, James Clark and the rest
of the RELAX NG gang have proved this statement to be incorrect. AFAIK, the
RELAX NG compact syntax is just as feature-complete as the XML syntax,
it's just, well.. compact.
Indeed, as stated in the RELAX NG compact syntax spec one of the goals
of the compact syntax is to:
"support all features of RELAX NG; it must be possible to translate
a schema from the XML syntax to the compact syntax and back without
losing significant information;
Also, with tools like RNV, and XMLDE, I never need to
see the RELAX NG XML syntax... The only time I deal with the xml
syntax is when I get foreign schemas, which I convert
over to the compact syntax using TRANG.
From: Bullard, Claude L (Len) [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2004 11:45 AM
To: 'Mike Fitzgerald'; 'K. Ari Krupnikov'; 'xml-dev'
Subject: RE: [xml-dev] XUL Compact Syntax Study Now Online - Is XML too ha
rd for Aunt Trudie?
It is like guitar tablature: easy to compose in and read for
a guitar player, and therefore, it is useful. On the other
hand, one never learns to read music or understand traditional
theory, so advanced guitar students are weaned off it as
early as possible because what they learn in guitar tablature
doesn't transfer to other musical domains easily, so one
remains a guitar player and does not become a musician. A
bit over the top, but the point is valid. Ease can be
bought at the price of general knowledge and skill.
Addictions impose a cost on society. Compact syntaxes do
as well. If one starts there, one ends up in the same
cul de sac as VRML was prior to X3D if that syntax is
used in an instance. Some VRMLers who have done quite
a bit of VRML despise XML and aren't shy about saying it
to the point of dissing X3D at every opportunity.
Syntax is not trivial.
From: Mike Fitzgerald [mailto:email@example.com]
In my experience, once you're familiar with RELAX NG, the compact syntax
-- to the point that you don't want to live without it. In fact, I suspect
that any RNG
aficionados would much prefer RNC and can't go back to the XML syntax for
one reason: It's
much quicker to develop schemas by hand, once you have RNG in you back
twice-blessed by Trang, which can translate RNC to DTD, RNG, or XML Schema,
you don't get
yourself painted in a corner. Except there is one problem: At a given point
addicted. Strangely, though, all the RNC detox centers are empty. %^}
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