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[REBOL] Re: Looking over the horizon - Rebol 3

From: bry:itnisk at: 10-Nov-2003 15:42

>> * Regular Expressions as well as parse, which acts much like Perl's >> regexp. > >At the risk of sounding inconsistent, I believe that this one added >feature would do more to broaden REBOL's appeal than anything I've >seen on the list in a long time.
> * Native XML! data-type. > >My top XML wish is simply a beefed-up XML parser which does validation >(natively coded if necessary for performance).
If you mean dtd-based validation, yes. The xml parser needs to support namespaces. Xpath support is needed. If not xpath support, then the parser is going to have to return the following info: Elements attributes Namespaces Processing-instructions Textnodes In such a way that finding out that attribute b is an attribute of element A, and that they are both in the same namespace is at least as easy as looking up files and their properties in a directory.
> Anything else you'd want on your wish list for Rebol 3? > >1) complete documentation >2) open bug tracking, feedback, and resolution process
complete documentation maybe, but am not sure if this is something that brings people into a language, unless the language documentation is so incomplete as to be visible from a quick browse of the website.
>3) View on OS/X
yeah, It is the new geek computer of choice isn't it.
> What could be done in/with the next release of REBOL to > maximize its appeal to the larger programming community > and its long-term viability?
I think the xml needs are paramount, so many languages/technologies nowadays rely on xml based dialects of one sort or another. People would probably like to implement support for various xml based languages, but find it rather rough going.