YAXPAPI (Yet Another XML Parser API)- an XDEV proposal

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Sun Dec 14 00:59:06 GMT 1997

At 04:38 PM 13/12/97 -0800, Don Park wrote:
>First, I do not see the need for simple API.  

That's where we part company.  Generations of hypertext theorists
saw no need for anything as simple as HTML/HTTP, then generations of
SGML implementors saw no need for anything as simple as XML.  I 
agree that in the general case, you need something quite a bit more
sophisticated than what we're proposing; that's what the DOM is for.

We're getting a lot of static in the XML project from people who feel
that XML is already too complicated and they want to see elements
'n' attributes and that's all they want to see.  I happen to think
they're right; when I'm writing XML apps, that's all I care about 99%
of the time. 

So why not create a simple API that will give them what they want?
I should point out that what we're talking about could be implemented
on top of the DOM in about 15 minutes.  And on top of the MS IE4

And as for those who are currently tying themselves to Microsoft's 
proprietary interfaces, especially given that Microsoft is saying in 
public that they plan on full DOM compatibility (even if at the same time 
they are encouraging everyone to starting using "Dynamic HTML" right now) 
they'll get what they deserve. -Tim

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