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Re: A28: syntax of markup declarations? (LONG)

From: Len Bullard <cbullard@HiWAAY.net>
Date: Mon, 07 Oct 1996 17:06:09 -0500
Message-ID: <32597ED1.32CC@HiWAAY.net>
To: Jon Bosak <bosak@atlantic-83.Eng.Sun.COM>
CC: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
Jon Bosak wrote:
> 
> (Speaking only for myself)
> 
> I have thought about Tim Bray's proposal to use the same syntax for
> instances and markup declarations and find that I am in complete
> agreement.
> 
> 1. It makes no sense to claim that we have created a syntax suitable
> for the markup of structured data in general and then not use it for
> the markup of the structured document that defines a particular
> schema.  From a marketing standpoint this is indefensible; from a
> logical standpoint it is absurd.  I have heard no one deny this.

I deny it.  This seems a very large move toward reinventing SGML 
and putting a separate market into place that can take advantage
of neither SGML or HTML or any of the tools we currently have.
I don't want to have to pay to have the neighborhood built.
This doesn't sound like a recipe for success.  We lost all of the 
investment the SGML community has made in both products and 
in knowledge and training.  This would be a language with 
NO support outside this mailing list.

I support a simplified SGML; not an out and out replacement.
Were that the case, I would say do LISP and forget about it.
Someone is going to have make a very convincing argument for this.
No, don't just point to the papers.  Convince us here.

Len Bullard
Lockheed Martin
Received on Monday, 7 October 1996 18:21:07 UTC

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