Seeking a Dao of Groves

Gavin Thomas Nicol gtn at
Sat Feb 5 06:34:05 GMT 2000

> Where many have come to grief is that without a good coherent 
> data model to
> work from, you are likely to arrive at a syntax that makes it hard to
> express things you end up finding that you want to express.  
> Everyone has
> one or more implicit data models in their head all the time 
> anyway.  When
> you develop without making one explicit, you are simply 
> developing to an
> implicit and probably incomplete model, one that the others 
> working with you
> may not fully agree with.

I agree. I tried getting the DOM WG to define a data model time
and again, to no avail....

My point was really more that the data model is the single most
important thing, because ultimately, it is the information that
is being interpreted. Syntax and API are obviously influsnced by
the data model, but are logically independent.

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