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Thursday, June 02, 2005

Not Scheming

Mark Baker suggests about web description languages...

I generally think it's a bad idea to describe the data produced using a schema since schemas generally (DaveO's excellent extensibility advice notwithstanding) change foreseeably over time, and I don't want a change in the schema produced by a service breaking clients if I can help it. Instead, I'm more a fan of simply using a media type as a name for an open-ended sequence of backwards-compatible schemas (think "text/html" vs. HTML 2.0, 3.2, 4.01, etc..), as well as, of course, associating an extensible processing model to that media type to accomodate as many unanticipated extensions as possible over time.

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