Suggestions for clean-specs (was: Clean specs)

MikeDacon at MikeDacon at
Sun Feb 14 20:49:33 GMT 1999

Hi Everyone,

I'm fairly new to this list but have had some experience with
implementing XML applications.  Having recently written a short 
introductory training course on XML, I have a few comments on
the XML 1.0 specification.

First, overall, I think the XML 1.0 specification is usable and fairly
clear.  I do not have enough experience yet to point out serious
ambiguities or omissions in it.  Although, like any product, these types
of things often must be resolved through widespread dissemination and

Having said the above, I do have a few suggestions:

1. While there are some examples in the spec, there should be an example
for every topic.  Consistency here is important.

2. The ordering of information seems haphazard.  I don't understand the 
design of the current ordering - it just seems to try and cover all the topics
without regard to logical flow or a building block approach.  

3. The complexity of all topics is not equal, although in the current spec you
feel as if they are treated as such.  Topics known to be more complex 
should provide extra examples and more in-depth explanation.

After having said the above, one could argue that these suggestions should 
be taken by book authors and not the specification authors.  While that may
be the case, these suggestions would make the specs better server their

Best wishes,

 - Mike
Michael C. Daconta
Author of Java 2 and JavaScript for C/C++ Programmers
Author of C++ Pointers and Dynamic Memory Management
Sun Certified Java Programmer and Developer

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