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> 1. One of the largest benefits of XML, is that is has generated a
> hype wave. This hype wave enables us to talk about XML with
> likeminded, sell fun projects to our customers, and get to travel
> to interesting conferences.
This is not an insignificant benefit. You mentioned in an earlier note
that you are much more productive in creating web pages with dreamweaver
than you could be with XML+XSLT. The reason that dreamweaver exists is tha
'hype' that surrounded HTML. In the early/mid nineties Microsoft (with all
its resources) failed with its proprietary online information authoring tool
codenamed 'blackbird.' Yet as HTML standardized and gathered steam and
users, others successfully created viable authoring tools.
With any standard, one of the great benefits is tool support. Even if you
cannot find benefit with XML today, enough of us have found it valuable and
are using it that the tools will most certainly evolve. Perhaps soon it
will be valuable.
> 3. XML is not easy. It is easy to write a XML document, but when
> you begin to work with DOM, SAX, XSLT etc. it gets complex.
One more quick note. This is not much different from the comments heard in
the early days of HTML. 'It's easy to work with. But impossible to get my
company's look and feel without chopping up all sorts of custom graphics and
building nested tables that are impossible to deal with. It may be the
tools that made that possible. But there had to be a valuable underlying
technology before the tools were created.