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From: Nir Dagan <nir@nirdagan.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 1999 09:22:46 +0300 (Israel Daylight Time)
To: Alan Richmond <alan@encyclozine.com>
cc: George Lund <george@lundboox.demon.co.uk>, www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.WNT.4.10.9907070918120.-210899@zira.huji.ac.il>
Another cost that may be saved with XML is the ability to parse
(some) documents without a DTD. Retreiving a DTD across the
internet and parsing it constitutes considerable bandwith,
processing, and display time costs. 

Nir Dagan


"There is nothing quite so practical as a good theory."
-- A. Einstein

On Tue, 6 Jul 1999, Alan Richmond wrote:

> At 08:45 PM 7/6/99 +0100, George Lund wrote:
> >In article <>, Alan
> >Richmond <alan@encyclozine.com> writes
> [...]
> > >         I think the simplification was for people, not computers..
> >
> >The stated goals of XML (in the W3C activity statement) make no mention
> >of making life easier for people to hand code stuff, but they do say...
>          "Its simple syntax is easy to process by machine, and has the 
> attraction of remaining understandable to humans. XML is based on SGML, and 
> is familiar in look and feel to those accustomed to HTML." I didn't say 
> 'hand coding', but perhaps I should have said 'programmers' instead of 
> 'people'. Granted that there are freely available SGML parsers, but 
> programmers still need to understand the syntax, i.e. DTD, and my 
> assumption is that the simpler syntax of XML (over SGML) was designed to 
> facilitate tools development. Else, as you say, why bother?
> --
> Alan Richmond
> http://EncycloZine.com/ Expand Your Universe
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> [founder and former managing editor of WDVL] 
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