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  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 10:44:00 -0500

At 10:02 AM 11/16/99 -0500, Steven Champeon wrote:
>It's been almost two years since I was part of this list, and it's odd to 
>come back to it only to find the same endless discussions of whether or
>not XML should be easy. Of course it should. It doesn't harm anyone if the
>tools are abstracted to the point of usability, does it?

That's it exactly.  There's no good reason for XML to be hard - there's no
good reason programmers should have to know the ins and outs of XML to be
able to process XML documents reliably.  Abstracting all this work to the
'parser' (which works by magic, right?) has made XML much more usable than
its competition.  Unfortunately, the contents of documents may vary
depending on which parser you choose.

The more things change...

Simon St.Laurent
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