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   Re: [xml-dev] Out of topic or out of interest?

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Rick Jelliffe wrote:
>>>Anyway, get with the program! XML ain't about angle brackets any more, it's
>>>about Information Items [duck]
> :-)   
> It is interesting. In that case, XML as "SGML on the Web" is a complete failure,
> and those of us in publishing should let it go in favour of big business and database
> vendors, and work on another profile of SGML to create some language for markup
> which won't be hijacked.

That's also my conclusion for web authoring...

The problem of XML is also its main strengh: as a markup language, XML 
is a compromize needed to allow generic tools. Being a compromize means 
that in each "niche" better choices can be found.

For instance, in the "niche" of schema languages, James Clark has shown 
with his compact non XML syntax for RELAX NG that non XML is more 
concise and readable.

For web authoring I tend to completely abandon XHTML for Wiki Markup (no 
more angle brackets and just a small list of escape characters).

And for publishing I won't be surprised if there was much better 
languages to develop than XML dialects.

The only place where XML is a clear winner is as en exchange format to 
glue all these applications together, but this doesn't mean that each 
application needs to use it, except as a glue to communicate with the 

See you in Barcelona.
Eric van der Vlist       http://xmlfr.org            http://dyomedea.com
http://xsltunit.org      http://4xt.org           http://examplotron.org


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