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   Re: King of Stupid XML Articles?

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  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 14:47:17 -0400

At 09:48 AM 9/25/00 -0700, Lisa Rein wrote:
>This one has my vote:
>it's from this months Business 2.0.  And it's written by a professor of
>new media at hunter college in NY.  Which shows that even professors
>sometimes don't do their homework.  I guess this guy thought he was so
>smart, he didn't need to be bothered with the facts.

While this article is certainly pouring water on the hype, I'm not clear
where you think Clay Shirky's lost track of the facts.

I really like hearing that:
>XML does not mean less pain. It does not remove the
>pain of having to describe your data; it simply front-loads the pain where
>itís easier to see and deal with. 

And also that:
>Interoperability isnít an engineering issue, itís a
>business issue. 

I'd appreciate hearing which facts you think he got wrong.  I don't think
he sees XML as a magic bullet, and as much as I love XML, I think he's
right on that count.

Simon St.Laurent
XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed.
XHTML: Migrating Toward XML
http://www.simonstl.com - XML essays and books


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