Re: (dsssl) Re: The Future of DSSSL

Subject: Re: (dsssl) Re: The Future of DSSSL
From: "M. Wroth" <mark@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 02 Jan 2002 22:18:12 -0800
I'll second the concept ... although from a different perspective. I make fairly extensive uses of some SGML features that are not in XML. So I "view with alarm" movements to make parsers XML specific.

I don't have any objection to support of XML, and indeed, a DSSSL engine that could deal with the full complexity of SGML _and_ XML would be a REALLY GOOD THING.

I can't comment on the technical feasibility, however :-)

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Quoting Sebastian Rahtz <sebastian.rahtz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
> On Wed, Jan 02, 2002 at 12:47:16PM +0100, Karl Eichwalder wrote:
> > Sebastian Rahtz <sebastian.rahtz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> >
> > > arguments for the future of DSSSL are good and fine, but if they don't
> > > encompass XML, they are evanescent vapours, IMHO.
> >
> > Not in my opinion.  "XML" will not make go away my legacy encoded SGML
> > texts -- I just don't need namespaces.
> thats fine; all I am saying is that a modern parser needs to understand
> XML and namespaces and schemas, as well as SGML and DTD.
   Yes, XML namespace and schemas support is needed.  However, if
you're suggesting these should be added to SP/OpenSP, I'm not sure I
   Some minor modifications to SP to support basic XML parsing seem
like a reasonable step, but SP is an *SGML* parser.  It has extensive
support for a broad range of features that are utterly irrelevant to
XML.  Conversely, there are *XML* parsers out there that support
namespaces and schemas, which are utterly irrelevant to SGML.
   So, why not build a DSSSL engine that can interface to multiple
grove builders?  You can have an SP-based grove builder for SGML
documents, and a grove builder based on an XML parser, complete with
support for namespaces and schemas, for XML documents.
   Doesn't this seem like a more attractive approach?

-Brandon :)

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