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Mike Champion <email@example.com> wrote:
| OK, so why did the SOAP folks not find comma-delimited ASCII
| suitable for their needs?
Because pointy brackets were in fashion.
| And why did they determine that DTDs cause more trouble than they
| are worth?
Did they really determine this?
Let's see: SOAP doesn't need IDs, entity references, or default values
for attributes. It doesn't even need mandatory encasing of attribute
values in single or double quotes. A simple Lisp like syntax (as in PICS)
could have served just as well, not to mention making implementation of a
parser all but trivial.
Pointy brackets are still in fashion.