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Mike Champion scripsit:

> Somebody WILL popularize a a less awkward, less annoying, less funny-looking 
> markup language.

By all means.  I look forward to it.

> Innovation doesn't stop because it's inconvenient for the
> definers of the status quo. XML can evolve in the direction of being less
> "annoying" ... or it will be replaced by something that *is* less annoying
> whether we like it or not.

At the moment, breaking backward compatibility is not an option.  The
roars and howls from this very mailing list, and the xml-blueberry-comments
archive, were beyond belief for a far more modest change than this.
You wanna stick your neck out, please do.

People implement new things, in general, because they provide added function.
Some people won't move to new things no matter how much added function they
provide, because their investment in the status quo is too large.  W3C only
reflects this viewpoint, it doesn't create it.

We call nothing profound                        jcowan@reutershealth.com
that is not wittily expressed.                  John Cowan
        --Northrop Frye (improved)              http://www.reutershealth.com


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