Avoiding mistakes: was Re: [sc34wg3] DM conformance

Lars Marius Garshol sc34wg3@isotopicmaps.org
23 Nov 2003 15:45:20 +0100

* Patrick Durusau
| 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.

I agree with that. What I meant was that we are now in a position to
redo the offical syntax specification based on the model, and to avoid
the mistake of doing schema and query languages without basing them on
a model (which XML did). 
| 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.

What do you mean?

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