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Now you know better. :-)
XML-Dev is a fussy list.  It inherited most of the momentum of the original
XML SIG/WG.   There are people here who like yourself, are learning XML
and there are people here who actually know how to use an SGML Declaration
file.  IOW, this list is unique precisely because of the broadness and diversity.
On the other hand, this is a technical list, per se, and most blurbs that market
companies, their agendas, etc., won't be well-received.   Don't take it too
seriously.  Keep in mind this list holds an annual haiku contest too.   So,
it isn't all bits and bytes here, but be sure that there is no other list where
the technical *passions* for XML and markup run as high.  XML-Dev is as
was said of Byron:  mad, bad, and dangerous to know.
Is there an anti-Microsoft crowd here?   Yes.   But consider that is true of a lot
of web lists and a big part of the IT industry.    MS is the hands down winner
of the desktop operating system sweepstakes.  Sitting in the big chair always
requires them to take punches.   It's called success.    Some of the folks
here are core tool builders.  One might say that most of the XML-Dev crew
lives to parse and profit.   Competition breeds a bit of antipathy.  And in
the last decade, MS made enemies with sharp elbowed, hardball business
practices.  You can't count on justice, but karma is reliable.
Are there MS supporters here who welcome new information that widens
their knowledge of MS developments in XML?   Yes.   Some are enthusiastic
about the company, while others, like myself, are MSThralls.   That doesn't
mean "enthralled".  It is a reference to an old Star Trek episode where an
underground race of disincarnate brains kidnapped other races to fight
in games while the jarbrains bet quatloos.   In other words, we didn't sign
up to be supporters, but have jobs where our companies have chosen
our toolsets for us, and like good Thralls, we get in the ring everyday
and try to use them to win.   While I don't care too much about what
Balmer believes, I found the .NET tutorials you posted extremely useful.
Things like that are best noted with a URL, a title that says what it is
and minimum to no cheerleading.
Hang in here and read.   There are a couple of perennial threads and
posters that you will learn to recognize as having put a stake in the
ground on their technical positions.    I learn a lot from these folks.

From: Empowering You [mailto:pam@empoweringyou.com]

[len]  I thought you all would be interested in part of an email letter about XML from Steve Ballmer of Microsoft. 


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