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[DotGNU]Re: On the importance of XML (was: [arch-users] In defense...)

From: Seth Johnson
Subject: [DotGNU]Re: On the importance of XML (was: [arch-users] In defense...)
Date: Sat, 02 Aug 2003 19:44:26 -0400

Norbert Bollow wrote:
> The important thing about XML isn't a matter of syntactic sugar.
> In fact I don't like that <tag> ... </tag> markup language style at
> all, that is really hard to parse efficiently, it's inconvenient to
> edit by hand, and transmitting both the "<tag>" and the "</tag>"
> over the wire is a waste of bandwidth too.  This "markup language
> style" is just an accident of history, it's something that XML
> inherited from HTML.

Yes.  It's an application-level protocol.


> No, the important thing about XML is what the "X" stands for:
>   With XML we're talking about data in such a way that data
>   formats can be eXtended without breaking existing applications.
> This is highly significant, and worthy of being emphasized again.

No doubt.




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