Subject: RE: Long Tags Codes etc. again.
On 2001-Apr-17 <MCRAWFORD@lmi.org> Mark Crawford wrote in <ebXML-core>: [2001-Apr-18] > I must respectfully disagree. If you are going to rely on nesting, then you > needlessly magnify the complexity. Even with nesting, there is still the > problem with properly identifying context. <SellerPartyName> clearly > identifies what I am conveying - without having to refer to where the tag is > nested in a stream of data. It's not an issue of dumbing down to support > the uneducated, it's more an issue of what makes good sense from the user > perspective. I think that one problem is in trying to view the data as a _stream_. It isn't. The data comprises a 'document', and must be viewed as a whole to get the full picture; then the nesting becomes apparent. Of course, it can be broken down into elements, and futher divided again, but it is definately more a document than a stream. And, like ordinary old HTML, the system may have to parse the 'document' more than once to extract all of the inferred meaning. On 2001-Apr-17 Philip Goatly <email@example.com> wrote in <ebXML-core>: > The casual reader will have to understand the concept of nesting of course, > but we cannot assume with anything new that people will not have to learn > anything, or is that our aim ? ;-) Nesting has been around in many things for a very long time. So there are many people who know the basic concept. Shouldn't be a major problem. I'm all for nesting of tags. [I found the massive block-quoted HTML-formatted] [email within this message a bit of a nightmare.] Cheers, Ian. <firstname.lastname@example.org> [2001-04-18] .end
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