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Re: [xmlProfiles-29] xml subsetting in IETF XMPP

From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2003 13:11:11 -0800
Message-ID: <3E8A006F.7000504@textuality.com>
To: Noah Mendelsohn/Cambridge/IBM <noah_mendelsohn@us.ibm.com>
Cc: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>, Fabrice Desré <fabrice.desre@francetelecom.com>, "Henry S. Thompson" <ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk>, www-tag@w3.org

Noah Mendelsohn/Cambridge/IBM wrote:

> (I still prefer the term "usage convention" to "subset"

I don't.  Let's call a spade a spade.  SOAP/XMLPP have created an 
incompatible subset of XML such that general-purpose XML generators 
cannot reliably be used to generate their messages, and general-purpose 
XML procedssors cannot reliably be used to receive them.  It looks like 
a subset, walks like a subset, quacks like a subset.

If this is going to happen, it should happen only once and the subset 
should be well-defined and based on consensus.  It is indeed instructive 
that the two subsets seem pretty well isomorphic.
Cheers, Tim Bray
         (ongoing fragmented essay: http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/)
Received on Tuesday, 1 April 2003 16:40:38 UTC

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