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Re: SGML WG status

From: Terry Allen <tallen@sonic.net>
Date: Tue, 6 May 1997 15:54:08 -0700
Message-Id: <199705062254.PAA07995@bolt.sonic.net>
To: bosak@atlantic-83.Eng.Sun.COM, w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
Thanks for the update, Jon.

| In addition to xml-style (aka dsssl-o), things that we *know* that we
| will be talking about after July 1 include:
| 
|   - strong data typing
|   - data declaration facilities beyond the DTD
|   - linkage to behaviors
|   - multiple name spaces
| 
| Feel free to say whatever you want about these subjects, but please
| keep the debate off this list until we have the next xml-lang and
| xml-link drafts out of the way.

I do want to ask why these have been added to the list.  What is
the rationale in terms of the SGML ERB's mission statement, why
must victory be declared on these fronts before the group's work
is done, and is this an open-ended effort?

As a strawman for discussion, I'll claim that specific facilities
such as strong data typing (and so far as I'm concerned, XML-link)
should be specified in only a general way, so that the application
developer can plug in whatever specific schemes he wishes.  Why
does XML need to do more?  Is XML going to grow into a specific
application?  What is the long-term agenda, and is that agenda
on our agenda or is it up to the W3C members?


Regards, Terry
Received on Tuesday, 6 May 1997 18:50:58 UTC

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