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RE: ASN.1 and XML

On Thu, 24 May 2001, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:

> XML has acceptance.  They call that "a willing audience". 
> However you get it, it is the difference between 
> success and also-ran.  It isn't a technical success. 
> It doesn't have to be.

It's not like everyone's seen ASN.1 in action and compared it to XML and
made a decision. It's just that in a world where writing interoperable
data formats was once only done by a small number of people creating
networking protocols and file formats, the vast majority of developers
were unaware of the issues involved. Now that networking has become
*really* big business with the Internet lots of people are having to
develop file formats, and after seeing it done badly, they come across XML
which does it passably and think it's the bee's knees, something nobody's
thought of before.

Bwah! It makes me mad!


                               Alaric B. Snell
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