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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.