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My world is rife with 80's think. Believe it or not, the
PS arena is just now coming to grips with HTML and sort of
XML. A lot of the costs of the public safety systems are
in the extraordinary costs of local site customization in
lieu of strong and effective data and reporting standards.
One can get away with tag soup only if a "winner" emerges
in both the data standard and the vendor that can force
the application on the market as HTML was forced followed
by the victory of IE. For all intents and purposes, tag
soup will always result in that scenario. The failure of
the inventors of HTML and the Mosaic browser to understand
that is the measure of the depth of their naivete.
From: Mike Champion [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
BTW, I REALLY REALLY hope that Len's customers in Public Safety agencies
get along better than the RSS folks <duck>. I'm not disputing
that authoritative schema are best *if* they can be agreed upon
and enforced, just arguing that "tag soup" beats non-"self-describing"
alternatives such as CSV if they can't.