Avoiding mistakes: was Re: [sc34wg3] DM conformance

Patrick Durusau sc34wg3@isotopicmaps.org
Sat, 22 Nov 2003 04:58:23 -0500


Lars Marius Garshol wrote:
> * Patrick Durusau
> |
> | 

> | You could say it is obvious since it is all part of 13250 overall,
> | but then one could make the same claim about the XML InfoSet. It is
> | the only one at the W3C so what else would one be using for an XML
> | standard.
> Quite a lot, apparently, for which the W3C has been criticized, and in
> my view correctly. They should have done the infoset first, and
> everything else afterwards and based on it. For political reasons that
> did not happen. We, however, are now in a position to avoid that
> mistake.

Sorry, but we are far from avoiding that mistake. As you are well aware 
there was one official ISO interchange syntax for topic maps and several 
unofficial ones (including XTM that is now part of 13250), not to 
mention other aspects of topic maps. Agree it perhaps should have been 
done differently, but it wasn't and I resist the notion that we can now 
say otherwise.

Creating a restatement of one interchange syntax in terms of one 
possible data model for topic maps is a sleight of hand that I find 
particularly unpersuasive on this issue.

Hope you are having a great day!


Patrick Durusau
Director of Research and Development
Society of Biblical Literature
Chair, V1 - Text Processing: Office and Publishing Systems Interface
Co-Editor, ISO 13250, Topic Maps -- Reference Model

Topic Maps: Human, not artificial, intelligence at work!