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

From: Stephen Compall
Subject: Re: [DotGNU]On the importance of XML (was: [arch-users] In defense...)
Date: 20 Aug 2003 18:50:49 -0500
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Norbert Bollow <address@hidden> writes:

> 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.

Just an example of this: say you have a client and server, both
extensible with Guile.  A certain enhancement logically requires
installation on both client and server, with communication over the
regular c/s protocols.  You could use XML to piggyback this extra data
with the regular data, without breaking the old transmission code.

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