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RE: XML Blueberry (non-ASCII name characters in Japan)

Errmm... You forget long term archival applications. 

People do more with XML than type it or use it for 
quick and dirty transactions even if they don't see 
it.  Tangential but there it is. I agree that the numbers 
of users aren't impressive for the overall cost but I'm 
not sure economics is always the right response to 
eliminating artifacts from the commons. 

Or one could say as some seem to be that XML is not
the commons.  It is a product wholly owned by a 
consortium with its own customers and requirements. 

Why not push Blueberry off to SGML?   
Bigger kids; bigger car.  Real commons. 
That would make it ISO's problem.


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

-----Original Message-----
From: Elliotte Rusty Harold [mailto:elharo@metalab.unc.edu]

Mainly I'm trying to make the distinction between writing and writing
markup. Writing markup is not the same thing as programming, but it is a
specialized technical activity that is performed by a small minority of
users. Even HTML, the most successful markup language ever, is actually
typed by fewer and fewer users every day, who are using tools like
DreamWeaver instead. XML will be no different in this respect. Most users
will interact with it through GUIs, and never need to see their markup.