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   Re: [xml-dev] Xml is _not_ self describing

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On Thursday 17 January 2002 08:30 am, Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
> >   (person
> >        (first-name "Gavin")
> >        (last-name "Nicol"))
> >
> >I would argue that XML provides no intrinsic benefit over this.
> The 1-1 onto mapping is more obvious here than in the CSV case.
> However, I still think XML has practical benefits, even if the
> information content is the same. Simply put, XML makes it a lot
> easier for humans to match the right end-tag with the right
> start-tag, and to find out which one's missing where when there is a
> problem. 

How about 

    person [
       first-name [Gavin]
       last-name [Nicol]

or perhaps


the point being that eventually you can some up with one that is just 
as easy as XML, maybe easier.

I agree that XML has practical benefits... but I think the cause is 
more from "standardization" (minimal level of interoperability as 
Marton says), "network effects", "application", and "tribal knowledge" 
than from inherent benefits of the syntax. 

FWIW. I also believe in "the right syntax for the job". 


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