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RE: ASN.1 and XML

They didn't have to.  You want technical excellence; 
they want results.   Bach is technically excellent. 
It is a poor choice of material at a disco.

Do you think all of those who created SGML weapt for joy 
when they saw HTML?  Some weapt alright.  They knew they 
would get to spend the next several years pulling the 
web up to an understanding of the requirements for 
complex hypermedia systems.   They did it by making 
something that worked with HTML.  Ontogeny replicates 
phylogeny. Gencoding before content coding.  Always.

If it makes you mad, good.  That's a start in the 
right direction.


Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h

-----Original Message-----
From: Al B. Snell [mailto:alaric@alaric-snell.com]

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!