coming clean with the SGML crowd (was re: namespaces)

Tim Bray tbray at
Fri Sep 11 04:33:04 BST 1998

At 05:23 PM 9/10/98 -0700, matt at wrote:
>Given how you suggested people do validation with the current NS
>proposal, it will be difficult to convince anyone that much thought
>was given to validation in preparing it.  I, of course, know better,
>but an outsider looking at your recommended validation algorithm would
>not be totally without justification in interpreting it as saying we
>consider validation so important we will make it as difficult as
>possible without making it outright IMpossible. :-)

I repeat: all this noise about the difficulty of validation is
completely missing the real point, namely we have neither a theoretical
basis nor industry experience to guide us in constructing and using
compound schemas (DTDs or any other sort), and doing partial validation.  
Maybe I'm missing something, but the syntactic difficulties in doing 
DTD validation just look infinitesimal to me compared to the compounding 
issue. -Tim

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