Re: equivalent power in SGML and XML
Bill Lindsey wrote:
> Is it a design goal to ensure that some percentage of today's
> SGML documents are "grandfathered" in, or is it enough that the
> EE-ESIS translation is available? If it is the former case,
> how do we decide which class(es) of documents shall be supported?
We can't support all of them, of course. A lot of use of
the *exotic* features of SGML has been made. This is one
issue where filtering is an acceptable solution. I think
we have to do as James Clark has suggested and be very
stingy with the features we include. Otherwise, we will
be debating based on the size of the legacy. While I understand the
realities of legacy, my experience has been that this
argument has the effect of making one choose politics
of investment and buttered bread. This is slippery ground
and one of the places where the *use real SGML* argument applies.