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RE: [xml-dev] Draft of W3C Note available for review: Associating Schemas with XML documents 1.0


I'm pretty sure that only a person who has been thoroughly steeped in the XML community and its vagaries would interpret the word "schema" in such a constrictive way.  I think to the average experienced XML user, "schema" is well-understood to refer to any document structure as defined by any structured "schema language" (such as RELAXNG, Schematron, or XML Schema).  I'm with Edd on this one:  It is definitely unfortunate that one of the schema definition languages uses the generic term as its proper name, but at this stage, an attempt to change horses midstream and use a different generic term than the one in common usage is only going to cause even more confusion.

Doug Glidden
Software Engineer
The Boeing Company

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Kay [mailto:mike@saxonica.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 18:34
To: 'Edd Dumbill'; xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: RE: [xml-dev] Draft of W3C Note available for review: Associating Schemas with XML documents 1.0

> It's just this kind of thing that gets XML a bad name. The horse of
> XML Schema bolted a long time ago. Making clarity suffer in the name
> of correctness is a poor decision.

Eh? I'm sure it's correct that many people would assume that a W3C specification for "xml-schema" refers to the W3C specification entitled "XML Schema", and that it's therefore better to choose a different name. That's for the sake of clarity, not for the sake of correctness.

Michael Kay


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