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   RE: [xml-dev] Fallacies of Validation, version #2

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GJDXM is a classic train-wreck.

The scary part is people build these schema 'dictionaries-of-domain-elements'
without even determining the use cases.  We're back to my - 'oh all we need is
a schema' rant again.

So when the GJDXM people did actually stop to ask user communities what they
wanted - they realized that there was no way that GJDXM can be deciphered and
purposed to provide that.

Solution - instead of using CAM - let's invent our own 'CAM'.

Sometimes you just shake your head.  But full credit to them for continuing to
get funded for all this - someone must believe they have all the right

Oh well.


p.s.  fighting complexity is a tough battle everywhere - not just OASIS.  some
vendors thrive on complexity - since they figure only their vast team resources
can figure out the implementation details then.  Automatic lock-in.  Also - if
something is inherently simple - why hire legions of consultants?  So "the
system" has a vested interested in perpetuating schema - oops - I meant
complexity ; -)

Quoting "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <len.bullard@intergraph.com>:

> Re the dynamics aspect of schema creation:
> While it is fun to discuss AI or other scripting 
> programs creating schemas by looking at lots of 
> samples, in my experience, this gets done by 
> the dudes and dudettes sitting at ends of email 
> or telephone pipes exchanging spippets of 
> understanding.  As Graham notes, most of it 
> is hacking examples.  I think this is particularly 
> true if their is a very large and very abstract 
> standard schema with six or seven layers of 
> complex declarations in the middle (think 
> Justice Global XML or some of the more hideous 
> paramerterized DTDs one finds left over from 
> CALS).
> I've been watching a new to markup but experienced guy 
> trying to negotiate a simple web service interface 
> based on GJXDM and I am convinced that before 
> it is all done, we'll end up carving that beast 
> into something a lot more directly understandable 
> and simpler.
> Word to the wise in the Justice Department and 
> in the OASIS working groups:
> Simpler is better even if it means more to 
> manage, particularly where urgency of 
> implementation is high.
> len
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