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

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On Wed, 16 Jan 2002, Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:

> 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.

Hmmf! I work with both in the real world, and I find:

1) Writing CSV code is easier than XML code (no DOM or anything, just
something like SAX; I write the CSV parser myself in less code than it
takes to interface with an XML parser)

2) Data corruption? XML parsers are *fragile*, CSV parsers can often cope
with erronious data in ways that XML parsers mustn't if they are to be
standards compliant!


                               Alaric B. Snell
 http://www.alaric-snell.com/  http://RFC.net/  http://www.warhead.org.uk/
   Any sufficiently advanced technology can be emulated in software


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