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Re: KISS (was: Parameter entity references in WF docs)

From: Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Tue, 03 Jun 1997 20:59:41 -0400
Message-ID: <3394BDFD.CBC91DC7@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
To: Peter@ursus.demon.co.uk
CC: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
Peter Murray-Rust wrote:
> The claim from the disestablishmentarians (which includes me) is that every
> little bit added to XML-LANG makes it that bit more difficult to:
>         (a) implement
>         (b) sell to potential customers.
> For example, I was evangelising XML to non-SGML people today and pointing out
> that the main features of the language are balanced tags and quoted attributes.
> This is probably heresy on this list :-), but it made them feel quite relaxed
> about the language and positive towards it.   Later they can be introduced
> to the more complex constructs.

Right. This last sentence demonstrates why DTD-centric features like PEs
do not have to scare people off from either implementing or "buying"
XML. If we restrict them appropriately then you will be ale to do many
useful things with XML without using them. I think that restricting them
to the non-required subset would have this affect.

 Paul Prescod
Received on Tuesday, 3 June 1997 21:36:58 EDT

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