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Re: Switching to XML

From: "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>, David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org>, Guillaume Lelarge <guillaume(at)lelarge(dot)info>, Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>, pgsql-docs(at)postgresql(dot)org, David Blewett <david(at)dawninglight(dot)net>
Subject: Re: Switching to XML
Date: 2006-12-10 17:23:16
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On Sun, 2006-12-10 at 12:11 -0500, Tom Lane wrote:
> "Joshua D. Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com> writes:
> > Until you can come up with a reason why we *shouldn't* move to XML. I
> > believe this issue is settled.
> 
> How about "the people who are actually doing the work today don't
> want to change to XML"?

O.k. that's obviously reasonable enough but nobody has stepped up and
said. "Hey, I am doing the work here, I don't want to use XML."

I can easily provide the counter argument that says, "Why don't the
users of SGML want to migrate to XML?" Not one person has stepped up and
said it will cause me undue amounts of grief, pain, or even... I just
hate XML.


> 
> I'm not very excited by hopes that all sorts of documentation manpower
> will suddenly materialize if only the docs were in XML not SGML.

I am not a believe of suddenly materializing manpower either ;). However
I do know that the regional projects would be greatly appreciative. 


>   *That*
> is the part of this argument for which no evidence has been produced.
> Where are the people who know the code well enough to document it
> but refuse to work on the docs because they're not XML?

Where are the people that know the code well enough to document it but
refuse to work on the docs because they are XML?

I am not trying to be sarcastic here, honestly but not even in this
email have you said: "I don't like XML, I don't want to move to it
because..."

> 
> (And no, Peter is not the only one objecting.)

O.k. why then? Why are you objecting? Peter has yet to provide a reason
either?

What we have here is a dozen or so people that want to move to XML and
have stated publicly that they want to do so, as well as the reasons
why.

We also have two people who have said, that they want to stay with SGML
but have provided zero reason why.


Sincerely,

Joshua D. Drake


> 
> 			regards, tom lane
> 
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