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At 1:09 PM -0500 1/15/02, Gavin Thomas Nicol wrote:

>I think you are confusing XML with XMl data and XML practise.
>You are correct that in many applications, tag names/attributes add
>value to the data. That has nothing to do with XML *itself*... just
>the way people use it.

I think you're ignoring XML practice in order to win an increasingly 
obscure and irrelevant point. It's not hard to prove that you can 
transform any XML document into CSV or vice versa. In other words, a 
1-1 onto mapping exists. Unfortunately, the way people use these 
formats is important. Mathematical equivalence is not the same as 
practical equivalence.

In the real world, XML documents, carry a lot more metadata and 
information than CSV documents do. In the real world, CSV documents 
are prone to data corruption in a way XML documents aren't. In the 
real world, it's easier for people to write and read  XML documents 
than CSV documents. In the real world, it's easier for programmers to 
write code that deals correctly with XML than with CSV. In the real 
world, it's easier to detect the inevitable problems that do arise 
with any format with XML than with CSV. In the real world, XML wins.

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