Re: TAG - representation "from the larger Web community"?

Dan and Janet,

Thanks very much for the prompt and reassuring replies. The prompt and open 
responses in themselves provide significant reassurance in respect of my 
expressed concerns. The clarification of roles in your emails was also 

Dan asked about my interests. Yes, they do include SVG but also extend beyond 
that to include XSLT, XPath, XSL-FO, CSS, XForms etc. As I look at the 
growing range of what I think of as the XML Spaghetti I think it is important 
that interoperability is achieved and maintained.

I see a real danger of XML becoming more complex than SGML was/is - perhaps 
with the multiplicity of XML technologies already at REC stage and in 
development "XML" in the broad sense may already be the more complex 

I see SVG being frequently created dynamically drawing its data from a 
variety of XML-based or XML-mediated data sources so issues such as overlap 
of XSLT and XQuery, the relationship among XPath 1.0 (and 2.0), DOM and 
Infoset will all impact there. The more coherent the underlying architecture 
for these and other XML-based technologies the easier (or less difficult) my 
life and that of many developers is likely to be.

So, although the likely work of this group, as I guess it to be, may be 
several steps removed from the developer "coal face" I think it is important 
for those outwith (in a non-pejorative sense) ivory towers to have the 
facility to observe and comment on these issues.

Your replies do go a significant distance towards reassuring me that 
interaction will happen.


Andrew Watt

Received on Wednesday, 12 December 2001 10:12:54 UTC