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Subject: RE: Syntax Free Models - was: [Fwd: Oracle Input for Core ComponentsWG]

On Sat, 5 Feb 2000, Bob Haugen wrote:

> However, I understood from the title ebXML that the core
> syntax would be XML.  So I guess I agree with your
> implied skepticism.

I went back and looked at my notes and I have two different terminologies
being used "syntax free modeling" and "syntax neutral approach".  I am
confused about how you can do either and create consistant and usable XML
but I want to hold off judgement until I get a definitive answer what
"syntax neutral approach" really means.

Here is my major concern.  In SGML world there was a lot of theoretical
ideas that caused consumers eyes to glaze over.  I am seeing the same
thing happening in various sectors of the 'new' XML world.  SGML would
have been adopted much more widely if it was it wasn't presented to the
potential users in a way that it was understandable instead of esoteric
terms. I just hope we aren't repeating history here.

> >The Core Group is great and worked well together.
> I'm so happy to hear that.  For those of us who could not
> attend, would you please go on?

I will be glad too!  I believe that Lisa Shreve will be sending
out formally what was accomplished and the deliverables.  

Lisa did a wonderful job keeping the group focused.  The Core Component
group had the largest attendence.  There were approximately 30 people who
attended the meeting representing 10 countries.  Lots of different
industries were represented.  The room was inadequate for the size of the
group and at times there was standing room only.

The group broke up into two groups, Business Process and Core Components.
There were a total of 8 deliverables that were identified by the groups. 
People signed up to work on all eight deliverables.  

Talking to individuals in other groups I got that feeling that they
also made great strides.

I don't believe the technical challenges are overly tough.  Getting
agreement on the technical approach will be tough.  


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