A Plea for Schemas

uche.ogbuji at fourthought.com uche.ogbuji at fourthought.com
Tue Nov 2 16:34:05 GMT 1999

Tim Bray:
> > [...]  I think large parts of the the 
> > "communal understanding" live in wetware between human ears and in messy
> > procedural code.

Richard Lanyon:
> Which is why, parenthetically, it's often quite awkward to process XML
> using a declarative, rather than procedural, language.

Eh, what?  This seems a blatant non-sequitur.  The fact that much legacy code 
is procedural is a historical accident and has nothing to do with present and 
future XML-processing.

To some minds, and for some purposes, procedural approaches are awkward: in 
other cases declarative approaches are awkward, but if one had to pick one 
with intrinsically less "awkwardness" for XML-processing, I would argue for 
the declarative approach.

Uche Ogbuji
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