Forum OpenACS Improvement Proposals (TIPs): Re: TIP #37 (Proposed): Queries in XQL file conventions
Of course that never happened, and probably never will. But if it ever does happen, those language-neutral XML query files will (as it stands now anyway) be there waiting for them. (Who knows, maybe those SMLserver guys will want to guys will want to write OpenACS modules in Standard ML. Maybe in some alternate universe.)
But while all that is useful to think about for whatever lessons it may teach us for future projects, it's all water long since under the bridge as far as OpenACS is concerned now.
Regardless, Lars's original proposal is much simpler and more focussed than most of this discussion. And I don't see any serious problem regardless of which way the decision goes on that proposal.