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Norm makes good points. Derek has made good points in his blogs.
That is what makes me think the time has come to consider this.
There is sufficient shared experience to do it just as there
was when it was done to SGML.
It seems that is what experience teaches in every creative
endeavour: what to leave out.
new subject for important topic
From: Oleg Tkachenko [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Michael Champion wrote:
> I ended my talk with a *personal* [don't hold any past, present, or
> future employer responsible!] recommendation "Leave evolution to
> Darwin, not Berners-Lee". In other words, it's time to experiment, to
> develop specs that meet the needs of some specific industry, to see if
> parsing and compression technology for XML text can be dramatically
> improved .... and THEN to come back with data and best practices in
> hand to see if W3C Recommendations can be agreed upon.
I wonder if possible XML simplifications such as Norm Walsh was writing
about  could speed up parsers?
If there were no DOCTYPE, no entities, no default or fixed attributes,
no limitations on characters used, no default namespaces, etc.