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Uche Ogbuji has a thoughtful (and thought-provoking) piece at:

For a while, these two groups have rubbed elbows in the XML community
with a great deal of tension, but with little outright conflict and
friction. But this uneasy peace has come to an end. The main
battleground is that dutiful engine of so much XML processing, XPath.

I particularly like the way he moves past the simple data-document
Even among those who wish to use XML in conjunction with traditional
programming systems, some prefer to minimize the coupling between the
data in XML and the associated programming language values. This means
that when they write '1.0' to the XML document, it's just a string as
far as they're concerned, and only a few very specialized portions of
the processing need to be concerned that the string can be interpreted
as a floating point number.

These users make up the faction of XML bohemians. They are more
concerned with the text content of XML data than they are with any class
or type that might be associated. I count myself firmly among the

Excellent stuff.

Simon St.Laurent
Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets
Errors, errors, all fall down!
http://simonstl.com -- http://monasticxml.org


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