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From Eric Hodges <harmo...@swbell.net>
Subject Re: Is XML simple? (was Re: Yet Another Xerces/Xalan question)
Date Thu, 02 Mar 2000 19:22:15 GMT
I believe that.  I find the cleanest designs come from two or three people
with similar goals and slightly different perspectives.  Once a committee
gets involved the design usually suffers.

Is there any historical document of the restraints that were considered in
the design of the DOM API?  Just out of curiosity, I want to know what they
were thinking when they did some of it. :)  It occurs to me that the DOM API
might be several APIs merged together.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Arnaud Le Hors" <lehors@us.ibm.com>
To: <general@xml.apache.org>
Sent: Thursday, March 02, 2000 12:25 PM
Subject: Re: Is XML simple? (was Re: Yet Another Xerces/Xalan question)


> Looking at the DOM in particular, it's actually easy to apprehend the
> difficulty of designing such a standard. We all can design a tree like
> structure, there is really nothing very fancy in this, and most students
> in computer science, if not all, have done it at least once. Now,
> imagine we all get together in a room and decide we must design ONE such
> thing...
>
> I've been involved in the DOM since the beginning and I can tell you
> it's been a very frustrating experience in many cases, however, no
> matter how ugly you may think it is (and I would agree with you on some
> of it!), I claim that nobody could have done better
> _with_the_same_constraints_.
> --
> Arnaud  Le Hors - IBM Cupertino, XML Technology Group


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