Streaming XML (Was RE: XML Information Set Requirements, W3C Note 18-February-1999)

Mark Birbeck Mark.Birbeck at
Tue Feb 23 18:10:21 GMT 1999

len bullard wrote:
> Mark Birbeck wrote:
> > A consistent theme in this discussion forum is that people 
> always want
> > every major breakthrough that has been made by XML to be 
> removed, under
> > the pretence of coping with some 'special circumstances'. 
> If you think
> > about it, it is quite unique in the history of software 
> engineering to
> > have an agreed standard which allows us to check whether a 
> document that
> > we had no part in designing the layout for, is valid.
> Not to be tendentious, but some of us having been doing that for at 
> least a generation now.  SGML works.

Hello Len, I was using my words carefully! SGML has of course been
around for a while, and been very important for document management and
generation. But in the world of software engineering we are constantly
reinventing the wheel; coming up with new file formats, parsers,
transmission mechanisms, and so on. So, in the world I'm in, XML *is* a
unique and unprecedented contribution.



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