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

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> What I am trying to say, is that the quote "XML is 
> selfdescribing" is wrong and unproved.
> It should maybe read: "XML has, as e.g. also CSV files and 
> other formatted files, support for adding field descriptors 
> to the data. If this is used in a consistent and 
> well-documented manner, it will support the understandability 
> of the XML or CSV files."

I agree, as I said earlier:

>Obviously this property is not actually intrinsic to XML, 
>it is simply that there is a spec to follow. Someone could
>come up with one for comma delimited data.

However, XML has been designed to try to physically reflect structure,
whereas CSV, or EDI for example, have been designed with other criteria in
mind. So as much as any format can be called self-describing, XML gets
closer than CSV and many other formats.

All the best



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