extensibility in XSchema?

Simon St.Laurent SimonStL at classic.msn.com
Sun Jun 21 22:03:14 BST 1998

Mark Anderson wrote:
>But I'd like some reassurance that when XSchema is done,
>I will *not* ever have to parse comment structures to retrieve
>metadata that the XSchema authors didn't choose to include
>in a fixed repertoire of XSchema metadata declarations.

This nightmare is precisely what we're trying to avoid.  Comments are a weak 
and downright bad means of providing anything more than the simplest 
supporting information.  XSchema is definitely an attempt to address this, and 
I hope we meet your expectations.  Please tell us if we don't.

>There seems to be a constant undercurrent of religion in xml-dev
>about validation vs. parsing vs. semantics, whose portent I
>don't apprehend. 

I think for now I'm using the term 'verification', but this too may change.  I 
have to admit that this is a religious war I have no interest in participating 
in.  It shapes the terms of the XSchema development process to a certain 
extent, but I'd like to think we can keep all schools of thought happy.

Simon St.Laurent
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