cliki changes + opinions + XML
Sat Jan 4 15:35:02 2003
> Unfortunately my changes still are not logged : (
Well, your changes are logged, see the link to an .rdf file
on the node "Recent Changes"
but they are not visible on the node itself.
> Back to XML: for what I know it is just a metalanguage for defining
> Dyck languages, and thus should have *only* syntactic annoyances,
> unless you are also referring to XSL. But I admit I have almost NO
> knowledge of such a horrible thing as XML.
Unfortunately it is not so. First of all a (meta-)language without
semantic is useless. As Erik Naggum, on comp.lang.lisp, noted:
Structure is nothing if it is all you got. Skeletons spook
people if [they] try to walk around on their own. I really
wonder why XML does not.
This came from a person which was the maintainer of the SGML
repository at the University of Oslo for nearly 6 years (and
a Lisp expert). See also the quote of Rita Knox toward the
bottom of the page.
Then I added a note near the top of the page:
The big problem with XML and relatives, besides the stupid
syntax [but see below Erik Naggum on SGML syntax], is that
**they are no more intended only as an interchange format but
as a data model.** [Review W3C XML Query, XPath, ..]
Anyway if something is obscure I accept suggestions or
requests of clarification (ROC?? No, please .. not yet
another Internet acronym!!) ;-)