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RE: [xml-dev] Has XML run its course?
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: email@example.com
- Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2001 14:26:47 -0500
In a sense, this was inevitable. By forcing SGML
and almost every other data language of note
to the sidelines, by setting up an addressing system
that ties all information to the systemic definitions,
by insisting to the world that one group has a
"moral" hegemony for Internet content and the
specification of the systems by which it is
obtained, the webHeads got the focus they were
after. Now they can't live in the spotlight.
What does that mean? It means that almost
every effort to use hypermedia theory and develop
hypermedia applications became focused on exactly
one medium, one organization, and to the eternal
consternation of the markup specialists, one
subset of SGML. All of the decades of research,
researchers and resources are trying to pour themselves
into one mold through one spec. Meanwhile, Berners-Lee
and some of the core W3C architecture experts are
squeezing out a backdoor called the Semantic Web
with RDF, Notation 3, etc. leaving all the refugees
they created behind in the somewhat squalid situation
you have now.
All of this, and Simon wants to blame SGML, others
want to blame the committees, and so it goes. Yet
this is a self-inflicted disease, a gold fever. Like
the California Gold Rush, at the end, a lot more
people live in California, but few with substantial
assets except those smart enough to begin to farm,
to build and sustain cities, to pick up the ungolden
rocks and build homes and walls, to make sturdy businesses.
The smart people won't abandon XML. They will take
XML Schemas and learn to use them like a farmer builds a
stone wall and marks grazing land from the vegetable
garden. Others will use XSLT to make meals of the
produce and the meat. Some, unable to stand the
enclosures of the commons will go looking for
more adventure and some ideal of freedom elsewhere.
In the end, most will have most of what they want,
but a few will go to their graves cursing the farmers,
cursing the bankers and yearning for the good old
days when they could sling a tag-stacking HTML parser
over their backs and go huntin' grizz.
Jeremiah Johnson died in an old folks home with some
great stories to tell. Some of his companions didn't
make that far. Others died in very nice mansions also
with great stories to tell but surrounded by the walls
they made of the rocks they found after the gold rush.
Be careful what you wish for.