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The Three Myths of XML

Kendall Grant Clark has published a funny satire 
of the three myths of XML at www.xml.com this week. 
It makes good reading.  I wonder how many still 
subscribe to such myths and why.  It appears to 
me that the selling of the web, the urge to get 
the publicity and seize the domain before the 
results are ready have as much to do with this 
as any particular quality of XML.  On the other 
hand, very large government pipelines of data 
aggregation do exist that would benefit enormously 
from using XML (cheaper and tends toward winnowing 
out duplication).  As said in the past, the way of 
markup is as powerful if not more powerful than 
the actual technology but you have to do a lot of 
this to understand the obvious.  It is the quality 
of the information domain (enough similarity to 
enable a coherent schema that can be shared) that 
determines if it succeeds.  I can write a schema 
for you cat but who will you share that with?

XML isn't magic.  It is a computer science.  Getting 
people to agree to use the agreements, that's magick.


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