XML Information Set Requirements, W3C Note 18-February-1999

James Tauber jtauber at jtauber.com
Sat Feb 20 07:56:35 GMT 1999

-----Original Message-----
From: Jeffrey E. Sussna <jes at kuantech.com>


>I would like to encourage the XML community to 1) pay attention to the
lessons of 30
>years of development in the arena programming and type languages, and 2)
not get
>bogged down by the historical baggage of the M in XML.

XML came about to solve issues in structured document interchange on the
web. Perhaps largely because the language syntax was developed more quickly
than linking or stylesheets, people started using XML for a broader range of

If XML meets the needs of people working on those broader range of problems,
then they can go ahead and use XML, but I would be extremely disappointed
(as I'm sure many people who contributed to the original development of XML
would be) if XML shifted away from being a solution for structured document

If XML "moves away from being markup oriented" as you suggest is already
happening, then XML will no longer be a solution to the very problems it was
designed to solve.

Long live XML for publishing!

James Tauber / jtauber at jtauber.com / www.jtauber.com
Associate Researcher, Electronic Commerce Network
Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia

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