XML complexity, namespaces (was WG)

Marcus Carr mrc at allette.com.au
Thu Mar 18 22:46:04 GMT 1999

Chris Lilley wrote:

[a number of sideways kicks at SGML, then:]

> There are significant portions of the old SGML community working to
> improve XML and to help build the missing parts which are needed. I have
> a lot of rwespect for that portion. There are, as you say, other parts
> which are merely trying to save their own highly paid jobs as priests of
> complex, low-powered technology. One can usually tell the difference by
> noting that the former portion have their eyes open.

Spare me. The biggest driving factor behind people working in SGML is the fact that there are
clients who want work done. SGML is neither complex nor low-powered, as numerous defence,
telcos, legal publishers, stock exchanges, aircraft manufacturers, automotive companies, etc.
can attest. Generalisations of the participants such as those above, create friction between
the XML and SGML camps and reveal an inate lack of understanding about the relationship
between the two. I will thank you to not to categorise me as either a "good XML groupie" or a
"garden gnome".


Marcus Carr                      email:  mrc at allette.com.au
Allette Systems (Australia)      www:    http://www.allette.com.au
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
       - Einstein

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