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Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
>> I think the SGML world got it right on this one.
> As proven by the massive success of SGML, and the complete failure of 
> XML. :-)

So your view is that XML is successful because XML documents can contain 
any old slop? Slop is good?

That must come as a surprise to the readers who have consulted your many 
books to find out the ins and outs of DTDs and schemas and how to use 
them sensibly. What a waste of time, eh?

It may be true in the Internet at large that documents _do_ contain any 
old slop. You don't have to reach much further than RSS to find plenty 
of examples. It doesn't follow that this is a good idea. It is one thing 
to observe chaotic behavior; quite another to practice, encourage and 
praise it.

Bob Foster


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