I'm not content with the answers I've provided in this paper, but I hope the possibilities I've raised at least drive some people to ask deeper questions.
Do we dare question orthodoxy and explore?
Just quoting Liam Quin here.
Don't be afraid to open the box
Perhaps in response to the costs of SGML's openness, XML's creators and keepers seem to strongly discourage breaking into this foundation layer of the cake to make changes. After six years, it's about time to break in.
The body of XML still needs attention
Too much XML discussion these days feels gnostic, focused on the abstractions of processing so strongly that they can't bear to look at the markup flesh any more. Good markup practice requires a willingness to tend markup itself, not just the applications whose costs it reduces.
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