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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:simonstl@simonstl.com] 
> Sent: Wednesday, October 02, 2002 2:50 PM
> To: Dare Obasanjo
> Cc: xml-dev@lists.xml.org; joe@bitworking.org
> 1) You claim that the use of XML is unimportant, which has 
> irony given your employer's consistent claims that XML is a 
> crucial component of what they're doing.

The use of XML for what Joe was proposing is unimportant although it
makes certain things easier. What I consider the the most salient issues
to deal with in the proposed problem space doesn't benefit that much
from the choice of XML over HTML even. 

As for my opinion as to value of XML, here's a quote by me from Elliote
Rusty Harold's quote archives[0] 

"S-expressions have been able to do what most of use XML for for
decades. The primary benefit of XML is not the syntax nor any other
technical reasons but the fact that for once most of the software
industry is agreeing on a common data interchange format across all
levels. One that satisfies the needs of the data heads, the document
heads and the in-betweeners."

So, Yes, XML is a crucial component to what we are doing. 

[0] http://www.ibiblio.org/xml/quotes2002.html

The meek shall inherit the Earth....if that's all right with the rest of

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