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   Re: [xml-dev] Typing and paranoia

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On Fri,  6 Dec 2002 11:21:00 -0500, Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com> 

> If it's going to be done, it should probably be done in a forum designed
> to prevent vendor (or even vendor class) lock-in and preserve
> interoperability.

Yup.  That's why I (and Robin Berjon, I suppose) are spending the energy to 
to persuade Tim that the idea is not as stupid and evil as it may appear
at first glance :-).  The "binary infoset" genie is out of the bottle.  The 
now is whether he serves the industry as a whole in a reasonably sane
and IP-free way, or whether he serves several proprietary masters in
a fragmented and patent-encumbered manner :-)

Y'all want to stuff him back in the bottle, fine ... but it's not me that
you have to convince.  My strong preference would be for the "one standard
human-readable syntax" position if I had my druthers.  I totally agree 
with an article by Sean McGrath) that in the vast majority of XML 
the parsing overhead / bloat issue is a red herring.  I wish that were also
true of the rapidly growing XML messaging *infrastructure*, but that's 
not the reality I'm being made more and more aware of, in both my day
job world and my W3C Web services world.


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