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Re: [xml-dev] A question of necessity

On 04/25/2016 11:56 AM, Dave Pawson wrote:
So to advance it's (still useful) ideas, it needs work? Or the parts still
relevant to the world of XML? If only the AF aspect?
I wish I could spend more time on your questions, but it's not raining work for me right now, it's pouring.

Briefly, and FWIW, here is my opinion:

(1) A lot has happened since HyTime. A lot of good work, and a lot of well-intentioned work, by a lot of people, in a lot of contexts.

(2) HyTime did not descend from Sinai. I can personally testify to that!

(3) My own thinking has evolved a lot, as has the thinking of everyone who worked on it, as far as I know.

(4) Nevertheless, there's an awful lot there that's really worthwhile and still timely. HyTime still addresses problems that have only become more urgent with the passage of time, and are very challenging to explain other than in a TLDR.

(5) But HyTime doesn't use fashionable syntaxes. I like DTDs, because I like text files that are intrinsically user interfaces, but there are better, more modern, less quirky choices now. You ask an interesting and quite complex question, Dave.

(6) Every standards process is horrible, private or public. Jawboning and especially storytelling is better, more renewable, and less corruptible. I think.

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