A Plea for Schemas
tbray at textuality.com
Mon Nov 1 22:55:56 GMT 1999
Useful discussion, hope lots of people are reading it.
"Let a hundred flowers bloom" OK, but let a bunch of different schema
*languages* co-exist? Aargh, this sounds like it makes life more difficult
than need be.
I share the doubt that a grand unified schema repository will be tractable
to build & maintain. I also am enthusiasm-challenged because in my (lengthy)
experience with XML and its ancestors, I have only ever seen machine-readable
schemas put to use in one application: namely the use of DTDs in
hand-authoring XML documents. Clearly the addition of datatypes and so on
should enable all sorts of other goodies but we are all placing bets on
an as-yet-unrealized future. So some degree of skepticism is in order.
Note "machine-readable" in the sentence above. At this point in history,
it's the human-readable part of schemas that seem to me to have the
biggest payoffs, because that's what the programmers read before they
write the code that actually does something useful. -Tim
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