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Re: Action item on syntax-based interoperability

From: Robin Berjon <robin.berjon@expway.fr>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 11:01:15 +0200
Message-ID: <3F9798DB.9070206@expway.fr>
To: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org

Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
> 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.

It wouldn't be harder to do, people would just disagree on what one needs to 
retain from XML and transfer into other syntaxes. To the degree that 
interoperability may also include the ability to convert losslessly, data models 
help in that they tell you what you may lose.

That being said, syntax is indeed at the heart of interoperability. The rest 
only helps.

Robin Berjon <robin.berjon@expway.fr>
Research Scientist, Expway      http://expway.com/
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