[uf-discuss] Format-of-Formats?

fantasai fantasai.lists at inkedblade.net
Sun Apr 2 16:51:38 PDT 2006

Tantek Çelik wrote:
> Chris,
> The perceived value that you see is exactly why this whole topic is such a
> massive trap. 
> It is very seductive (especially to programmers) to think that you can
> define a format for formats (a meta-format shall we say), *once*, then
> implement *only that*, then have every specific format magically work.
> In practice, this never[*] happens.

I'll agree with that but defining the syntactic constraints on a format
is a useful exercise.

> In the spirit of "don't reinvent what you can re-use", anyone seriously
> desiring to work on a format-of-formats should *first* teach themselves DTD,
> and XML Schema *at a minimum*, before having the arrogance to think they can
> do better.

RelaxNG does a lot better.


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