[sc34wg3] Editors' drafts of TMDM and XTM 1.1

Murray Altheim sc34wg3@isotopicmaps.org
Fri, 16 Dec 2005 16:51:11 +0000

Lars Marius Garshol wrote:
> The editors have now produced new drafts of TMDM and XTM 1.1 at
>    http://www.isotopicmaps.org/sam/
> The changes to XTM are *very* extensive, as nearly every part of the  
> document has changed, so it's very important to give it a proper  
> review. This includes the the three schemas, all of which have seen  
> extensive changes.

Lars Marius,

As I've already made comments to this effect, this message
is just a summary.

I would hope that the ISO editors reconsider calling their
markup language something other than "XTM", as by all counts
(including your own remarks above) it no longer continues in
any tradition (grammatically or semantically) with what XTM
1.0. It has redefined existing grammatical tokens, made funda-
mental alterations to their meaning and behaviour, and added
or subtracted enough of the language that any resemblance to
XTM 1.0 is only peripheral, and perhaps misleading. You have
invented a new XML markup language for interchanging Topic
Maps of a different model, and this requires a new name.
Existing XTM applications can't "upgrade" to this new markup
language by simply making minor alterations to existing
software since the application behaviour in many cases has
also changed.


Murray Altheim                          http://www.altheim.com/murray/
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