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Re: ASN.1 and XML

You know I love this thread, I have worked in both languages, and both have
merit if used for what they were designed.  But it's like the old saying

	There are a thousand ways to snake a drain, the right one is the one
that gets the s$#* to flow out the 
other end for you.

Basically, both approaches are valid, use what you feel comfortable with,
that is the right language for you, and stop trying to force you views on
the rest of the list.

In case you are interested, you will note that I am a member of this list,
and not the ans.1 list.

 -----Original Message-----
From: 	Frank Richards [mailto:frichards@softquad.com] 
Sent:	Thursday, May 24, 2001 8:51 PM
To:	'Al B. Snell'; 'Christian Nentwich'
Cc:	xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject:	RE: ASN.1 and XML

> Believe me. I've done a lot of work with data transfer
> between different
> companies. And the kinds of issues that XML claims to solve
> are the least
> of our worries. Some of them can't get a CSV file right (they randomly
> change date formats) - although a schema validator would pick that up
> earlier than our date parsing function does,it'd still be
> broken until we
> fixed the date parsing function (and at least we don't have to try and
> update a regexp in a schema to allow for their new date
> format every time
> they change it :-). If they can't get a CSV correct (random change of
> delimiters!), their chances of producing well formed XML aren't that
> great :-)

Once again, you're treading in places I've been. When they call me 'cause it
ain't workin',
I can count pointy brackets on my fingers and see the problem. I have to
mung the CSV with a
computer to figure it out.

Then I scan the source code for "<foo>" and "</foo>" and have the thing
fixed before I could have found the off-by-one in three nested loops that
only print ",".


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