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Re: Action item on syntax-based interoperability

From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2003 09:32:30 -0700
Cc: www-tag@w3.org
To: Tyler Close <tyler@waterken.com>
Message-Id: <54A5A79E-04AD-11D8-88F1-000A95A51C9E@textuality.com>

On Wednesday, October 22, 2003, at 08:59  AM, Tyler Close wrote:

> Is it really the absence of a data model that is the source of
> success? I think it is the presence of a friendly, textual surface
> syntax that is the source of success. If I'm wrong, then defining
> a data model for XML, like XML Infoset, reduces the
> interoperability of XML.

I think the infoset made life easier for spec writers, but added 
exactly nothing to the interoperability of XML, which happens at the 
syntax level.
> I think the message should be "Syntax is important", not "Data
> models are bad". A system defined in terms of a data model
> represented in a friendly, textual surface syntax, could have the
> same interoperability properties as the WWW.
Syntax is *essential*, not important.  I entirely disagree with the 
assertion in the last sentence and have observed no existence proofs. 
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