[CL] Misleading passage about XCL
epeterson at globalinfotek.com
Tue Oct 19 11:54:28 CDT 2010
Thanks for your tireless efforts with CL.
Regarding your question about XCL use, I've written and XCL subset to Prolog
translator that I hope/expect to use when my team finds a sufficiently
scalable logic programming environment for our semantic store.
I agree with all of your technical criticisms of XML. But my customers and
colleagues are very comfortable with W3C recommendations and XML in
particular. So the presence of XCL in your effort has increased my
confidence that CL's wheels are on the ground and capable of traction in my
I'm not weighing in on the wordsmithing here. I would just prefer not
seeing XCL support diminish in any way until there is a new web interchange
lingua Franca to replace XML.
Sorry if I'm reading too much into this thread.
On Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 11:28 PM, John F. Sowa <sowa at bestweb.net> wrote:
> The following two passages should be deleted from the CL standard:
> On p. 23 Annex A, Section A.1:
> "The Recommended Common Logic interchange notation is based on XML,
> a standard which was not available when KIF was originally designed."
> On p. 54 Annex C , Section C.1:
> "XCL is an XML notation for Common Logic. It is the intended
> interchange language for communication Common Logic across a network"
> XML is a notation that is commonly used on the WWW, but it has no
> special properties that make it better or worse than any other
> notation for transmission across a network. In fact, XML tends
> to make notations more bloated and therefore significantly
> *worse* for data transmission.
> Furthermore, XCL is the *least* frequently used of the 3 annexes.
> Does anyone know of anybody who is using it?
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