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   Re: [xml-dev] Don't Let Architecture Astronauts Scare You

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Alaric B. Snell wrote:

[a whole lot of stuff]

I think one advantage XML offers over things like TSV and XDR is a 
certain measure of future-proofing.  Change your RDBMS data dictionary 
and TSV instances out the wild often become toast.  Same thing for XDR - 
in fact direct object serialization is almost always *wrong*.  Anyhow, 
because XML has all these verbose labels saying what each chunk is, it 
tends to be more change-resistant than most of what has come before.

Another big difference is the Unicode handling.  I think XML has a 
qualitatively healthier relationship with internationalized information 
than most other things out there.

The third one is the built-in explicitly written easy-to-understand 
easy-to-implement error-handing semantics.

There's other stuff, but for my money these are the three reasons why 
XML suddenly got traction where a lot of other well-designed stuff 
didn't.  None of them are absolutes, but put together they hit an 
important sweet spot. -Tim


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