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On Wednesday 16 January 2002 09:48 am, Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
> That's exactly what I do think. Embedding meta-data within data
> offers huge advantages. Debugging's just one of them. XML formats
> are more robust. They are easier to author. They are easier to edit.
> They are fail-fast. They make it very easy to find and fix problems
> when they do arise. They are easier to extend into non-tabular
> structures. They are better in a very real sense. That's why people
> use them.
Hype. Go look at InstallShield's XML projects. For every 1 good use of
XML, these is at least 1 that is bad.
> I'm not totally convinced that XML is quite as semantically opaque
> to a computer as you think, but even granting that we have two
> formats which are the same to a computer but one is significantly
> better for people. Guess which one I choose?
Again though, it depends on the use. I've seen so much *garbage* in
XML recently that it makes me quite ill.