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  • From: digitome@iol.ie (Sean Mc Grath)
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997 19:32:54 +0000

Don't forget the DTD - the key difference between SGML/XML and other interchange
formats IMHO.

The DTD is at once rough sketch. formal blue-print, test-bed and QA check
for perhaps gigabytes of data. 

>For data with a long expected
>life-time, XML may actually be a better choice than comma/tab delimited
>file _because_ it is so verbose.  If the original architects choose tag
>names which are clear, then when someone approaches the data 10 years
>later, and the original authors are long gone, the chance of this new-comer
>understanding the data format increases significantly.  This is what Steven
>Newcomb calls self-descriptive documents. (Steven/Peter, did I get that

Sean Mc Grath

Digitome Electronic Publishing

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