XML is it happening the right way

Trevor Croll litebook at powerup.com.au
Wed Jul 7 02:34:38 BST 1999

Having looked at so much XML I'm beginning to think that it is all going
wrong. Many separate groups are developing specific purpose proposals when
one properly organised one could do the JOB.

Take XML as the syntax
take XSL as a display style sheet language
then add to these additional functionality for eg.. Forms, Variables,
Wireless, Maths, Chemistry etc...

What seems to be happening is that the Forms people are re-doing XSL and
Xpointer and Xlink and adding new stuff
The Maths are re-doing it
ie.. every specification is a rework of other specifications instead of an
organised addition to the existing specification.

Specs are being defined for applications not for function. I predict the Net
result will be a confusion and conflicts between specifications if some
general order is not restored.

In other words - the XML thing is diversifying into lots of little deviants
instead of accumulating into one grand specification.

Trevor Croll
Litebook Computers
If we all stand together we can be stronger than when we all stand alone.

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