Status of SML?
donpark at docuverse.com
Thu Dec 16 08:09:58 GMT 1999
>XML.COM asked me to write an article on SML: it is now up in
>the current issue www.xml.com
Nice article. I just love good analogies. <g>
>I hope it is more conciliatory. During the XML development,
>many people who were antagonistic to SGML got a grudging
>respect for it, and many SGML people who doubted toy languages
>would work shifted their positions too. I expect the same thing
>can happen with SML: it may go in an unexpected direction.
It was. Although SML is still heading in the same direction,
SML-DEV is going in unexpected directions.
First, SML-DEV is taking a more open, experimental attitude
toward new ideas. While XML-DEV is a great place, I have
always felt that it was more of a dining room than a kitchen.
People could use SML-DEV to cook half-baked ideas into a more
presentable form before bringing it to the [dining] table.
Second, SML-DEV is going to be expanding our focus to other XML
related standards and release 'usage' specs. SML itself will
probably be a 'usage' spec as well. The idea is to formalize
common practices and to discourage unhealthy practices (i.e.
For those who don't know where SML-DEV is located, here is a
Don't forget to bring your Ginsu knives. <g>
Don Park - mailto:donpark at docuverse.com
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