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>there is a serious point behind that bit of levity: all the might
>and magic of XML for structured records processing can be achieved
>in any other format as long as you have an underlying data model
>and a set of naming conventions. This includes linking,
>transforms, and even RDF-type things.
Yep, and you're right to point it out - it's all too easy to forget.
>In the allegory you're trying to fill out, the massed Troubadour
>armies include the bearers of the following standards:
>"XML has mindshare: let's use it to forge interop between tools,
>regardless of the mutation to XML itself"
>"XML has mindshare and works well with the Web: let's use it forge
>peace between the Microsoft and the ABM distributed programming
>clique, regardless of the mutation to XML itself"
>"XML is just text: layer everything else or leave it alone".
Nicely put. Expressed like this the 3rd flag looks the nobler.
>Derek Denny-Brown sued for peace in Provenše. I say: bah! To
>battle: no one profits through such an ugly peace.
Dante Alighieri put this man in hell for that he was a stirrer-up of strife!