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   FW: SV: [xml-dev] XML=WAP? And DOA?

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jens Jakob Andersen, PDI [mailto:jens.jakob.andersen@post.dk]
> Sent: 14 January 2002 13:40
> To: Mike Champion; xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: SV: SV: [xml-dev] XML=WAP? And DOA?
> Hi Mike
> > >2. XML in itself is no more advanced than CSV.
> > 
> > I still disagree on that; hierarchical self-describing markup 
> > IS a definite advance over CSV.
> This is one of the hypes about XML, that I'd like to defuse. 
> XML is not any more self-describing than CSV files. E.g.
> <99874987kjhk>
> 	<gnygngyasdada>
> 		What is this?
> 	</gnygngyasdada>
> </99874987kjhk>
> Case proved?

No. I know from your snippet that <gnygngyasdada> is child of
<99874987kjhk>, and that it contains some character data. I don't know what
it means, but I can write some code to parse it, so that someone who does
know what it means can at least look at it.

Big advance on

99874987kjhk,gnygngyasdada,What is this?

or, more likely

What is this?,What is that?,What are those?

With a comma delimited (in its most generic sense) structure I don't know
what is data, what is tag (if any), what relationship fields have with each
other, or even what constitutes a record (I have had to write code to handle
1 record per line and multiple, fixed or variable lines per record).

All the best


> JJ
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