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- From: Rick JELLIFFE <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: email@example.com
- Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2000 02:13:08 +0800
"J.G.A. Mallaparaju" wrote:
> dear all:
> I need a clarification.
> I've come across (While reading a document on WAP), a term- "XML
> Middleware". What does it mean?
Middleware is a kind of American stretchable undergarment, for
restraining bellies and all the big fat bottoms. For obvious reasons it
does not come in a size S (small): the little man does't really need
middleware. So it only needs to fit sizes X, M, and L.
In Canada, where there are strict laws prohibiting one thing and
enforcing the other, they have do have S, and also G (Grande) instead of
the American X. Probably because of the cold, the rich mix of cultures,
etc. etc., this SGML middleware is rather more elaborate than the XML
Because it is based on ISO standards, XML middleware can be enjoyed by
Europeans and people from many different countries too, though in some
Asian countries there are attempts to relax the design, since the
original is often felt to be too loose for some types and to restricting
for others. Pundits complain that XML middleware is just a silly
fashion, because of its Draconian design: if anything gets out-of-place
the whole thing falls apart (often with the characteristic sound "WAP"
so amusing to children.)
I hope this helps.