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1.) XQuery and XPath do not have anything to do with XML 1.0 syntax wise. Anyone who thinks there should be a relationship between the syntax of a data format and the mechanism used to manipulate it must have drank a bit too much from the Lisp fountain. CSV was around long before XML 1.0.
<key>I can be anything even <mixed-content />, amazing huh?</key>
<value>So can I.</value>
From: Mike Plusch [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sun 1/19/2003 9:52 AM
Subject: [xml-dev] ConciseXML arguments
Out of the 50 email messages about
ConciseXML, almost all of the comments
have been of the sort:
"but ConciseXML is not XML 1.0!".
Although this is a true statement,
how about any comments on the two
key problems that ConciseXML fixes that
are reoccuring issues across the industry.
1. XML 1.0 is verbose and is not suitable
for many applications that people would
like to use it for. People invent new
syntax all the time to avoid XML 1.0.
For example, XPATH, XQuery, string
encodings, CSV data, etc.
2. There is not a single way in XML 1.0 to
represent data fields that have a key and value
where the key can be any type and the value
can be any type.