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RE: [xml-dev] "Introducing MicroXML, Part 1: Explore the basic principles of MicroXML"

Thanks John.   It doesn't explain why these ideas died with a whimper
other than there was no clamor for it.

For Peter, I think the challenge is to pose the problem(s) that will be
solved by adding linking semantics to XML that aren't solved otherwise.
Given the near obsession with HATEOAS of late, he might do well to start
with the state-diagrams where uncertainty is flattened away by the
application designer so the need for an n-way link and external links
becomes like supersymmetry, a solution to a problem of the theory but
nothing practical. ;)

I'm off to accompany Jerry Garcia into Mordor to see if hobbits are
really aliens with hairy feet.


-----Original Message-----
From: John Cowan [mailto:cowan@ccil.org] On Behalf Of John Cowan
Sent: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 7:53 PM
To: Len Bullard
Cc: Rushforth, Peter; xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] "Introducing MicroXML, Part 1: Explore the basic
principles of MicroXML"

Len Bullard scripsit:

> http://home.ccil.org/~cowan/XML/afng.html
> John Cowan might be able to explain what became of this work.

I never got it quite right, and I never had the energy or motivation
to pursue a slightly-wrong implementation.  Eventually it fell off my
open-source/open-standard bucket list.

> My point is to note that work on these concepts stretched out over a
> decade from when that first article was published (although Hytime
> itself had been around a few years by that point) and some of the most
> brilliant minds in the markup tribe worked on it.
> And without much fanfare, it died.

The best may be the enemy of the good, but the good often returns
the favor.

But the next day there came no dawn,            John Cowan
and the Grey Company passed on into the         cowan@ccil.org
darkness of the Storm of Mordor and were
lost to mortal sight; but the Dead
followed them.          --"The Passing of the Grey Company"

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