[SML] Whether to support Attribute or not?

Gavin Thomas Nicol gtn at ebt.com
Sun Nov 28 21:35:36 GMT 1999

> If SML parsers don't recognize attributes, then we can't have
> an SML-ized XHTML.  Does anyone care?  How about WML?  I for one would
> care if WML was incompatible with SML ...
> How about XSLT?  It would be nice if stylesheets to turn SML
> into something displayable were themselves parseable as SML.  I'm pretty
> sure that you couldn't write a useful XSLT stylesheet without using
attributes ....

Now this is the kind of thing I find confusing. Don is saying the SML is
different from XML, and is designed to solve a different set of problems.
is it that it's never mentioned except in the context of XML, or it's tools?

Again, if SML is designed solely to remove the "complexity" from XML, then
I think it is entirely misguided... there is little ground in performance,
hardware restrictions to justify it, and for data interchange, where some
parts of XML *do* complicate things, application conventions would appear to
be more than sufficient... and at far less cost that bifurcating the XML
just as we're really starting to see interoperability between tools.

Sorry, but I still haven't seen a convincing rationale for SML...

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