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Bad Business (was Re: advocating XML)
- From: David Megginson <email@example.com>
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2001 08:19:40 -0500
This is a strange thread -- I'll admit to not having read every
posting, but why *should* anyone want to go out and advocate XML where
it might not be needed?
If comma-delimited does everything someone wants, then it makes sense
to stick with it. If the person later wants to do stuff that
comma-delimited makes too hard (nested/recursive structures, optional
and repeatable fields, partly self-describing format, structural
validation, markup mixed into a text stream, etc.) then, and only
then, does it make sense to come and talk with us, the XML community.
There's no point anticipating those problems -- a competent manager
should wait until they actually come up. Paying the high cost of a
transition to XML (or any other shiny new technology) early and up
front when it might never be needed is bad business.
All the best,
David Megginson email@example.com