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   Re: [xml-dev] Elliotte Rusty Harold on Web Services

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Dare Obasanjo wrote:
>  <personal-opinion> If most of our users could get the following with CSV or S-expressions (I am such a broken record) I'm not sure they'd stick with XML besides the fact that it has been overhyped to death. I think this list of features would include 

You left out two things that I think have been big in XML's catching on:

1. Clean internationalization (Larry Wall: "An XML document knows what 
encoding it's in.")
2. Deterministic error handling.

I think the importance of #1 is still widely underestimated.  And I 
think #1 and #2 together are the things that really set XML apart from 
S-expressions and ASN.1 and the other credible competition.  -Tim


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