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   RE: [xml-dev] terra incognita

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rick Jelliffe [mailto:ricko@allette.com.au]
> No. To not understand and recognize the focus of attention of the design
> of XML results in misleading people that XML can do things it cannot do
> well. Such as sending non-text data (such as control characters).
> I am sure this is upsetting for DBMS vendors who are trying so hard
> to make XML into something they can get a profit from.  But just because
> your market is so big is no reason to come and foul up our backyard by
> making XML allow non-text characters.
> Cheers
> Rick Jelliffe

Heh. This reminds me one of the first XML-One Conferences in San Jose a few
years ago. They had the conference divided into two tracks, by subject and
physical location: document-processing and data -- each track held in one
half of the building. At odd times, I'd pop into the various sides and
remember thinking how wide the divide was.

It's a little like the purveyors of Java saying that since it was originally
designed for cable set-top boxes, that all other uses are superfluous...



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