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A radical simplification

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 8 May 97 21:57:08 BST
Message-Id: <8113.199705082057@grogan.cogsci.ed.ac.uk>
To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
At the risk of appearing to try to be starting things all over again,
I'd like to advance a straw person which Tim Bray suggested in passing
in a conversation a few weeks ago:

Let's make the core and link (and style) language specs just that:
Descriptions of the grammar of valid and well-formed XML documents.
No mention of processing, error policy, behaviour, etc.  Semantics,
when it must be referred to, would be in terms of abstract structures
and relations, NOT 'the processor'.

All discussion of such matters, across all three parts of our charter,
would be diverted to a fourth, and last, document, with a title like
"Conformant XML processors and applications".

This is not just a move to buy time, I think it would actually vastly
simplify the core documents, improving their readability and hence the
immediacy of their impact.

ht
Received on Thursday, 8 May 1997 16:57:14 EDT

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