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   Re: [xml-dev] NMTOKENS: good or evil?

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> Not bizarre at all.  Developers want XML technologies to reflect their 
> needs.  So they expose
> the parts of XML that they need, and don't do anything that would 
> promote or entrench the
> extraneous parts of XML.
> This freedom in the long run gives us better and simpler technology, 
> they hope, but at the
> cost of making the current technology ratty, tatty and shitty.  It seems 
> a little cynical
> sometimes. And futile: the next generation of technology with the same 
> attitude will also
> be shitty. The better way is to let the market of users decide what is 
> good technology,
> not the whims of implementers.  (So rather than providing no API for 
> PIs, for example,
> provide the API but give arguments why it is no good.)

Well, the on the other hand you have a standard like XQuery. XQuery is
an extremely powerful language, has a rich syntax, a huge function
library etc. The users bemoan that it's too complex and that it came too
late (which is normal, as designing and implementing such a huge
standard is complex). I think this is always a trade off. Had XSLT1 had
all the features of XSLT2, it would probably have been stillborn.



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