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Re: [xml-dev] Serialization of XDM

> Isn't there a desire in XDM to get away from the nitty-gritty XML syntax
> details and join the realm of programming languages and their data
> structures living in memory?

This sounds like you think some other serialization won't have syntactical

If your idea is that the XPath Data Model is an improvement on XML, then
you are lost in the realm of apples and oranges, no slight intended.

> In all cases, will it not be more efficient to just use some
> run-of-the-mill serialization format? I'm sure plenty of those
> have been produced to foolproof perfection throughout the decades.
> I would honor those efforts instead of rolling my own wheel in
> angle brackets.

Hey, maybe someone should suggest JSON, as the only
programming-language-independent data-oriented serialization format with

I note that Charles Goldfarb had an inlining model for XML type
information before XSD, in maybe 1997: IIRC it would be (updated with
namespace) something like

 <address city="NY" type:info=". ex:addressType city ex:cityList">
where there is an added attribute with name/type-name pairs.

And note that ISO NVDL handles disconnected attributes by making a special
dummy element whose semantic is strictly to be a dummy element.

Rick Jelliffe

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