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   Re: Gutenberg Project <longish>

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  • From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
  • To: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>, "Sebastian Rahtz" <sebastian.rahtz@computing-services.oxford.ac.uk>
  • Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2000 23:35:23 -0800

At 10:21 PM 3/9/00 -0500, Simon St.Laurent wrote:
>At 10:32 PM 3/9/00 +0000, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
>>lets not pretend that XML is a language for humans, please...
>Sorry Sebastian, it may not fit your vision of the computing universe, but
>the fact that mere mortals can work with XML in a text editor is one of its
>greatest selling points, in my experience.

On this one, Simon is right.  At the end of the day, textual formats are
better, at a deep level, than binary formats, because computers exist only
to serve humans, and humans can read text - no matter how obfuscated - if 
they need to. -T.

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