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RE: A comparison of ABNF, ASN.1 and XML

From: Scott Lawrence <lawrence@agranat.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2000 12:18:39 -0500
To: "Jacob Palme" <jpalme@dsv.su.se>, "General discussion of Extensible Markup Language" <XML-L@LISTSERV.HEANET.IE>, "IETF Applications Area Discussion List" <discuss@apps.ietf.org>
Message-ID: <005201bf8534$84487d40$954768c0@oyster.agranat.com>

> My personal wish would be to have such a neat and strongly
> typed metalanguage as ASN.1, but such neat and readable
> encoded data as XML. (I know that there is something called
> XER. But I do not believe that is what I am asking for. XER
> is an attempt to encode ASN.1 into a subset of XML. What I
> would wish is an ASN.1-like replacement for the DTD meta
> language, i.e. a meta language which can replace DTD for
> the full span of the XML language.)

The W3C is attempting to create such a thing - the XML Schema
language.  The current work divides the problem into two spaces

Structures - http://www.w3.org/TR/xmlschema-1/
Datatypes  - http://www.w3.org/TR/xmlschema-2/

For W3C members (I know, this doesn't help everyone here), the
working group page is:
and the associated Interest Group charter page is

Scott Lawrence      Director of R & D        <lawrence@agranat.com>
Agranat Systems   Embedded Web Technology   http://www.agranat.com/
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