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

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Hi Jens,

Jens Jakob Andersen, PDI wrote:

 > Hi Mike
 > 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?
I'd like to disagree with this very firmly - my primary use case is 
sending medium complexity messages between financial apps. I was doing 
this for years before XML came along and I can say that when you know 
what the structure should be - as we did - but you don't know exactly 
how the other department's application has mangled its output (or how 
yours has mangled its) then a genuinely self-descriptive format really 
shows its strength compared to anything that is kind of self-descriptive 
for trivial examples.

In my opinion, case disproved.



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