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Re: On subsetting XML...

From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 09:52:27 -0500
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/ Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu> was heard to say:
|>Unfortunately, a number of user communities have expressed a need to
|>work with only a subset of XML. The TAG is concerned that if these
|>needs are not addressed quickly (and centrally), a number of slightly
|>different XML subsets will arise and if this trend continues, the
|>stability of XML as the basis of a whole range of technologies could
|>be jeopardized.
| These communities are wrong. They should be told not to subset XML
| syntax as an architectural principle. If they choose to do so anyway,
| then the W3C should not bless this behavior. It is an interoperability
| disaster.

Honestly, that would be my preferred position in an ideal world. But
this isn't an ideal world and there's plenty of evidence that there
are user communities determined to subset. So I think the best
compromise for interoperability is to make sure there's one subset
they can all refer to instead of having eleven different ones.

                                        Be seeing you,

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