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[Bug 5266] XSDL?

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Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 16:39:55 +0000
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------- Comment #1 from mike@saxonica.com  2007-11-12 16:39 -------
Personal response: A quick google suggests that the acronym WXS is very rarely
used and is not widely recognised. It's not normal practice for languages to
have names that are associated with the organisation that specified them,
except to distinguish variants of existing languages, such as ECMAScript. And
having a "W" that stands for "W3C" in which "W3" stands for "World Wide Web"
seems inelegant. (In any case, W is so unpronouncable...)

XSD is certainly used quite widely, but usually as a contraction of "XML Schema
Definition" (which might mean either a schema or a schema document, it's not
clear which). It's not usually used to refer to the language as such. We wanted
a name that clearly referred to the language rather than to the schemas that
are defined using the language; I don't think XSD would have met that
criterion. XSD as a back-formation to describe the objects that are defined
using the language now becomes logical, though we're not using it ourselves.

Also, having finally decided on a name for the language, changing our minds and
deciding on a different one would throw away the last chance we have to
establish some uniformity. 
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