Re: About the source library

Subject: Re: About the source library
From: Norman Walsh <ndw@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 22 May 1999 06:00:27 -0400
/ "Didier PH Martin" <martind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> was heard to say:
| Hi Normand

Uh, Norman, actually ;-)

| What features of HyTime are not possible in XML?  Remember, XML is SGML.
| <reply>
| Simple, full SGML architectural form processing ;-) Also, some Hytime

Architectural forms are fixed attributes, there's nothing in XML
that precludes fixed attributes.

| constructs are based on the terrible (in the XML world) - 0 Omittag (yes I
| said it, I'll rest in the eternal flames :-)

You can't base things on tag ommission, it's just a typing
shortcut.  Perhaps HyTime is harder to understand if the tags
are not omitted, but that's not XMLs fault ;-)

|  Keep in mind that W3C is creating a competing linking spec (XLL and
| XPointer) and that XML and Hytime is probably less (a lot less in fact)
| probable than XML and XLL/XPointer

Personally, I wouldn't characterize XLink and XPointer as
"competition" with HyTime, just an alternative. But I agree that
HyTime is less likely to be implemented. But HyTime has never
been widely implemented.

Norman Walsh <ndw@xxxxxxxxxx>      | We dance around in a ring and                 | suppose, but the Secret sits in
                                   | the middle and knows.--Robert Frost

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