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Yep.  Or those that like to roll their own at every step 
of use of the XML, or those that have alternatives (eg, 
different schema systems).  On the other hand, I quite 
like the ability to check value spaces and to use  
XML Schema to specify them.  It is a proven way to control 
distributed loosely coupled developers and as a means 
to authoritatively reference a requirement.

But Simon asks a pertinent point:  who bears the costs 
for unused features?  The developer?  The framework 
developer?  This becomes a nasty problem for buying 
and using tools.

XML 1.0 is core.  The skunkworks document is a good 
proposition for what gets used most often, XPath and 
XSLT are great tools, but XML 1.0 is core.  I consider 
everything else including namespaces and DOM as system 
features, good for those that need them and yes, vital 
for most successes, but not core.  At the root, XML is 
just a syntax with an optional validation language (the 


-----Original Message-----
From: Jonathan Robie [mailto:jonathan.robie@datadirect-technologies.com]

I suspect much of this argument is between people who merely use XML as a 
transport and serialization technology, and those who actually do 
processing of XML that involves some knowledge of the types involved.


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