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Miles Sabin wrote:
> Sean McGrath wrote,
> >The world is swimming in such attempts at platform independent
> >fundamental datatypes. None have succeeded in reaching broad
> >Time to ask "why?" don't you think? :-)
> Certainly ...
> But in fairness to ASN.1, this is orthogonal to datatyping and is an
> issue for XML as well.
XML has "broad acceptance."
> We might have ambitions for it to be genuinely
> universal, but the reality is that it's just another one of the many
> 'universal' notations we have to deal with.
I don't visit other galaxies. "Broadly accepted" is universal enough for
me. XML's market share as measured in implementations, tools, books and
developer eyeballs is on a totally different order than that of the
various other universal data notations (with or without datatypes). The
possible exception is CSV (which is hardly competitive in most of XML's