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From this hype "XML is a promising and far-reaching development in computing."
to this bit of soft soaping
"CIOs should take a catalytic role in helping their businesses get ahead of
the XML proliferation problem-- before it catches up to them."
we see the sort of wonkery that makes a good bathroom read for
XML is just a syntax. If they didn't understand that five years ago,
they won't know what to do next anyway.
Anyone: your boss confidently tells you that XML is to be the
cornerstone of all future work in your company. Now, in a low
voice he asks you, "How do we get started?"
What do you tell him?
From: Paul Prescod [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
"Just because an XML message is "valid" (meets XML standards) does not
mean it can work with other valid XML messages, or that it will behave
as expected. As a result, we're losing control of the hundreds of
disparate XML vocabularies we've developed, the mountains of XML-ized
data we've generated and the millions of XML-enabled software components
Somewhat wide-ranging and IMHO, not entirely coherent (XML as a
branding issue?) but nevertheless worth reading to see what everyone
else is reading.