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Re: XML Schema = obfuscation RE: Is this valid?

From: <Noah_Mendelsohn@lotus.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 18:16:52 -0500
To: MarkH@i2.co.uk, xmlschema-dev@w3.org
Cc: xmlschema-dev-request@w3.org
Message-ID: <OF57D6E7AF.F175C5E1-ON852569A7.00544B36@lotus.com>
MarkH@i2.co.uk writes:

> Has anyone else noticed how much more readable DTDs look all of a 
> And, is this heracy?
> :-)

Following up on Henry's quite comprehensive response, keep in mind that 
perhaps _the_ most fundamental goal for schema is to use XML itself to 
represent schemas.  From the "Origins and Goals" portion of the XML 1.0 
Recommendation [1]:

        "Terseness in XML markup is of minimal importance."

Not surprisingly, since we use XML 1.0, XML schemas are considerably more 
verbose than DTDs.  This is a significant factor, though surely not the 
only factor, contributing to the reduced "readability" of schemas.  As 
Henry eloquently explains, use of XML gets us quite a bit in return.

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml#sec-origin-goals

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