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   RE: [xml-dev] Partyin' like it's 1999

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Not to bring up the Great Bugabooboo, but isn't 
that what assembly files are for in VS.net (though 
not at the element level)?


From: Eric Hanson [mailto:elh@cs.pdx.edu]

1. There is no way to look up, discover and retrieve the library
of resources that support with a namespace-qualified element.
If you come across a piece of data, there may be hundreds of
supporting resources like XSL transformations, schemas, xforms,
text documentation, etc.  We need a way to link the resources to
the data.  This is the biggest problem with XML today.  XML is
this great universal data format, great, but until it has a
cooresponding supporting resource discovery mechanism, we lose
half the power of using a universal language in the first place.

This is hardly a new idea, but IMHO a greatly neglected one.  It
was proposed by Tim Bray and the XML packaging group back in
1999, the related resource packaging part anyway, but the group
was closed due to lack of interest.


2-5. I can't even think about any other XML problems until this
exists.  It's so fundamental and obvious it blows my mind that
it doesn't.



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