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Re: XML Schemas: the wrong name

From: Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2000 11:49:26 -0400
Message-Id: <200010251546.LAA05030@hesketh.net>
To: xml-dev@xml.org
Cc: www-xml-schema-comments@w3.org
At 09:21 AM 10/25/00 -0400, Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
>"Schema" is a generic word used in computer science. "XML" refers to 
>a specific technology. There are many XML schema languages of which 
>the W3C's "XML Schema" is but one. To identify the W3C's proposed 
>schema language only as "XML Schema" is to strongly imply that there 
>is only one schema language for XML; and that is simply not true.
>I would prefer to see RELAX, Schematron, DTDs, and the various other 
>proposals slug it out in the marketplace. I do not see a need for or 
>want only one XML schema language, any more than I want only one 
>programming language. Different languages are appropriate for 
>different uses.

It's an interesting point, though the W3C has done exactly this in other
XML specs - XML Linking, XML Pointers, XML Path, XML-Signature, just to
name the ones I can think of offhand.

Given that we had to change the name of XSchema to DDML as part of the
submissions process (to avoid confusion, if I remember right), I suspect
they feel somewhat proprietary about the XML name.

Schemas is the only field I've seen where their 'XML'-named spec is facing
real (and sustained) competition, so it's kind of a tricky precedent.  I
can see where they might not have expected (or desired) competition, so
they did it like the others.  As circumstances have developed, there are a
lot more options than the W3C's creation.  But since people tend to start
looking for XML specs at the W3C, they may never even hear of the

Simon St.Laurent
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XHTML: Migrating Toward XML
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