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Re: Action item on syntax-based interoperability

From: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2003 16:37:56 -0400
Message-Id: <p06002002bbbc9a882c2f@[192.168.254.4]>
To: Tyler Close <tyler@waterken.com>, Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org

At 12:51 PM -0400 10/22/03, Tyler Close wrote:

>Ok, but does the infoset hinder XML's interoperability?  Your
>current text suggests that a data model hinders interoperability.

Most definitely it does. Witness the broad variety of efforts to 
produce incompatible syntaxes on top of the infoset, both binary and 
otherwise. If XML were seen as pure syntax, this would be harder to 
do, and more people would stick with real, interoperable XML syntax.

XInclude is another effort that's been excessively hindered by 
defining itself in terms of infoset rather than syntax. It enables 
the creation of infosets that have no corresponding syntaxx 
representation. Bleah.

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   Elliotte Rusty Harold
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   Processing XML with Java (Addison-Wesley, 2002)
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