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RE: Action item on syntax-based interoperability

From: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 13:34:45 -0400
Message-Id: <p06002008bbbdc0d350d6@[]>
To: "Dare Obasanjo" <dareo@microsoft.com>, "Tim Bray" <tbray@textuality.com>, <www-tag@w3.org>

At 9:07 AM -0700 10/23/03, Dare Obasanjo wrote:
>You confuse interoperating data models with interoperating at the 
>API level. The only way things like CSS work is if data models are 
>being shared across browsers not just whether browsers can recognize 
>the CSS syntax. The main problem with interoperability with both the 
>XML and HTML DOMs is that the core definitions are so lacking in 
>functionality that various parties (both open source and proprietary 
>software vendors) have seen fit to embrace and extend them ( I 
>believe your XOM is an example of this).

XOM neither embraces or extends the DOM. It replaces it. I would have 
a lot less problem with Microsoft's XML APIs if Microsoft would stop 
pretending these were DOM, and instead call them something else.


   Elliotte Rusty Harold
   Processing XML with Java (Addison-Wesley, 2002)
Received on Thursday, 23 October 2003 14:13:36 UTC

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