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Re: Approaching an XML syntax for RIF

From: Sandro Hawke <sandro@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 30 Jan 2007 10:02:01 -0500
To: Christian de Sainte Marie <csma@ilog.fr>
Cc: "Boley, Harold" <Harold.Boley@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca>, public-rif-wg@w3.org
Message-Id: <20070130150234.CEFFA4EEEC@homer.w3.org>

> Boley, Harold wrote:
> 
> > For an Interchange Format, fully striped syntax carries too much
> > baggage that can be easily reconstructed by a 'stripe expander'.
> 
> I understand that and, yes, you keep all the benefits of 
> forward/backward compatibility. But what would be the purpose of 
> skipping stripes when serializing, if you have to re-expand them before 
> deserializing anyway?

You don't necessarily have to -- that's just one way to implement it.

> I would be in favor of keeping RIF processing as simple as possible, 
> even if the result is ugly (I mean, I wonder how many people will adopt 
> RIF because its XML is beautiful; and how many will drop it if it is 
> ugly :-)

That is the question...

> Anyway, stripe-skipping (whether or not to skip stripes and which 
> stripes) is a side issue in Sandro's proposal on how we approach the XML 
> syntax for RIF, and we do not need to make a decision anytime soon, do we?

We need to decide what goes in the first RIF Core draft, don't we?

I lean towards using stripe-skipping (as is there now, more or less), to
reduce the risk of people looking at the first example XML and deciding
RIF stinks because of the super-ugly XML.  :-)   But maybe the people who
matter wont decide so lightly.

   -- Sandro
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