Feeling good about SML

Sean McGrath digitome at iol.ie
Sat Nov 20 11:29:34 GMT 1999

[Rick Jelliffe]
>The reason SGML has so many optional features is because there were so
>many people who just *had to have* something to make their life simpler.
>Everytime someone says "I don't like PIs" or "I don't like DTDs" or "I
>don't like external entities" or "I don't like non-ASCII" it raises the
>largely bogus spectre of XML 1.1 or XML 2,0 or whatever.  It would be a
>sad day to see the SGML declaration reappear as XFM. I
Why would it be a sad day?

	1) XML parsers differ in important ways
	2) Knowing the differences is useful for XML developers

It seems to me to be a no-brainer to conclude:

	3) Having an agreed upon way to document the differences 
	for both human and software consumption is useful.



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