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   Re: Dissillusioned about interoperability.

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  • From: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>
  • To: Kent Sievers <ksievers@novell.com>
  • Date: Fri, 08 Oct 1999 09:12:36 -0700

Kent Sievers wrote:
> A tool like, say, a markup language other than XML?  One that 
> only had one way to mark up a simple name/value pair?  That is 
> what we left behind.

Okay, but did your old language have

 a) parsers in dozens of programming languages?

 b) transformation languages that could map between your name/value
pairs and other people's?

 c) a schema language for defining the allowed contents of the
name/value pairs?

 d) support for deeply hierarchical and linked values?

If you don't need these features then I think that there would be no
shame in going back to what you were using before. Just be clear on what
you would be giving up.

 Paul Prescod

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