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It is if you have to sell it or buy it.

Again,  if someone sends me a request 
that says:  "Provide XML", I can laugh that off and 
say yes because anything from a PRINT statement to 
a complex object serialization method can wrap 
strings with < = " > and stuff names in there with 
whitespace.   If on the other hand, I get a request 
that says "provide ANI/ALI packets in XML format 
per NENA specification", I can say yes with good 
conscience and a fixed price.  They will get 
value for money.

Until you understand that this IS about business, 
XML IS just another whiz-bang technology and not 
worth spending time or money on.  


From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:simonstl@simonstl.com]

We don't all buy or sell XML systems.  Some of us give them away. 
Others of us use them as glue between diverse parts.  Some of us (more
and more quite likely) don't call our work XML but we use XML anyway.

The "business perspective on XML" may be valuable, but it's hardly the
only valuable perspective. 


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