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Re: SD1 - Short End Tags

From: Dave Hollander <dmh@hpsgml.fc.hp.com>
Date: Mon, 19 May 1997 13:21:36 -0600
Message-Id: <199705191921.AA078679697@hpsgml.fc.hp.com>
To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
> Paul Prescod wrote:
> ... But the more I think about it the less I care
> about those other applications. ...

I care because I would like to see client software develop that can do
more with data/documents than they do now. If there is an acceptable XML
solution to the database representation question, then it is more likely
that XML clients will develop that support both data types and provide
a end user more options in managing the view of the data.

Of course, this position is based on the belief that the distinction 
between database and document is shrinking.  As we start seeing more
and more "documents" that are partially or completely comprised of
data extracted from databases, it becomes more important to find ways
to give the client more options over how that data is viewed and 


> Steven J. DeRose wrote:
> > 
> > But every step that helps for RDB-ish data hurts for document data (by
> > complicating the parser, compromising error-detection possibilities,
> > complicating the DTD and perhaps making it required, reducing redundancy,
> > etc). The short-end-tag proposal is just one point along the continuum.
> Thanks, Steven, for that well-reasoned post on documents and RDB data.
> Here's my take:
> When we started talking about DTD-less documents, I had all kinds of
> interesting ideas about database records in XML, .ini/.rc files, catalog
> files etc. The furor over XML-style DTDs and catalogs show that others
> have these same ideas. But the more I think about it the less I care
> about those other applications. How often do you really want to process
> a relational database or .ini file in an SGML editor? How often do you
> want to look at a relational database using the Grove model? Why did I
> care back in the heady days of October?
> ...
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