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Earlier today the W4C announced the release of a new specification, the
Extensible Markup Argument Settlement schema.
It was deemed, by the first unanimous vote in the organization's history, that a
solution was needed to the bickering and bitching that seems to have become
so commonplace in the world of XML-based standards.
The schema was specifically designed to address these concerns, and keep
both the wash-your-mouth-out-with-SOAP and give-it-a-REST factions
deliriously happy with the end result, while also pandering to the RDF (Really
Dumb Formats) and RSS (Reality is Silly, Stupid) camps as well. However, it
was noted that some pundits were going down the wrong XPath shaking their
heads while contemplating some convoluted XQuery.
Unfortunately, the Info hasn't Set yet with the new Extensible Markup
Argument Settlement schema, and speculation is running rampant that this
was due to a lack of XGelatine in the "cooking" of this new intiative. XML.com
countered with an lengthy article discussing possible validation strategies for
the new schema, and using XSLT recursively till the result was expressed as a
single, one byte compressed binary tag, about which they concluded that no-
one really cared anyway.
The voiciferous denizens of the fractious xml-dev newsgripe immediately
started a hailstorm of posts that were incomprehensible to mere mortals, and
only ended when Bill the "I'm the one true Gate(s) to XML enlightenment"
threatened to sue for violation of the Hailstorm trademark, but unfortunately,
began yet another wave of self-righteous posts of XML-encoded indignation
that used various brilliant but undecipherable Unicode encoding
However, the signs were hopeful, when a lone VB programmer, upon
reviewing the spec in it's infinite glory, having stumbled upon it, while trying to
unsuccessfully find an ActiveX porn control using the OogleXXX search
engine, summarized the key concept by remarking:
"Merry XMas to all and to all a good night!".