Feeler for SML (Simple Markup Language)

Leigh Dodds ldodds at ingenta.com
Thu Nov 11 14:20:51 GMT 1999

> What I have in mind is a subset of XML, I'll call it Simple
> (or Stupid) Markup Language (SML) for now, that simplifies XML
> down to the bare essentials.  


>The key point to consider is whether there is
> a broad enough need for such a subset of XML.

What would we gain from SML that we couldn't gain from only 
producing (and therefore processing) XML documents but 
without any of the 'additional' features?

If I don't want to have attributes, or PIs, or use entities, 
etc. then I don't *have* to. Granted the SAX/DOM APIs 
still provide support for these constructs, but 
I can still ignore them surely? (and I still retain 
the option to use them at a later date).

Thats assuming that I've got total control over both 
the system and the documents. If I haven't got control over the 
documents/fragments/whatever, then my system will have to assume it 
receives XML, just in case it does.


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