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RE: [xml-dev] what's missing in XML? What's coming?

On Mon, 2012-01-02 at 10:27 -0500, David Lee wrote:
> What's missing ?

David, thanks for replying!

> 1) A Standard (or well adopted convention) for Serialized XDM so that
> programs may exchange XDM in addition to XML

I think (Rich Salz notwithstanding) EXI 2 may do this. Remains to be
seen, but I hope so.

> 2) Better support for XDM in XQuery and XSLT to allow the input 'document'
> to be any XDM value, and corresponding support in the implementations to
> portably read such data (see #1)
I'm not sure on the status of this; the first part is already there I
think, unless you're asking for a further relaxing of constraints in the
XDM - in which case please file a comment against the last call draft of
the XDM 3.0 that was published in December; the Status section of the
document has a link to the Bugzilla instance for doing that.

As for implementations - can you think of ways we could test it? if so,
feel free to contribute tests, or to join the WG :-) or just to bug the

> 3) Adoption of the JSON Data model into XDM so that XPath/XSLT/XQuery/Schema
> can be directly used on JSON data


> 4) A standard/convention for JSON / XDM conversions  to allow #1 as  both
> input and output.

Not sure if this is premature, but it may fall under your No, 3 above.

> 5) "Excel for XML" (or XDM see #1) so prevalent and accepted that it becomes
> acceptable to pass XML among business partners instead of having to convert
> to/from CSV or XLS.

Well, that would be nice. It'd have to offer a business advantage - one
or more of
. faster
. lower cost
. enabling (things you couldn't do before)

Thanks for the feedback!


Liam Quin - XML Activity Lead, W3C, http://www.w3.org/People/Quin/
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