XML complexity, namespaces (was WG)

James Robertson jamesr at steptwo.com.au
Sun Mar 21 00:26:34 GMT 1999

At 01:16 21/03/1999 , David Megginson wrote:

  |  > So in practice, we just ended up with about 5 DTDs that were very
  |  > close to each other.
  |  > 
  |  > Not a lot of work.
  | It depends, again, on the complexity of the project.  If there are,
  | say, a project manager, three UI specialists, a sysadmin, a DBA, ten
  | software engineers working on the DB and transformations, five DTD
  | consultants (with a DTD co-ordinator), and two publishing specialists
  | working in the chain, the difficulties of co-ordinating even small
  | changes become near exponential, especially if the team is scattered
  | across the continent (as is common in large enterprises).
  | It can be done (I know from my own experience), but it's quite
  | different from a situation where you and a couple of associates
  | control all of the parts of the chain yourselves, and the original
  | SGML's requirement for a DTD makes the problem that much harder.


But aren't you just saying: "very big jobs are a lot of work,
and are very complex"?

Wouldn't this be true if you were implementing DB solutions,
or three-tier architectures, etc?

In otherwords, why is XML any different here than SGML
(which was the original question)?


James Robertson
Step Two Designs Pty Ltd
SGML, XML & HTML Consultancy
jamesr at steptwo.com.au

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