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

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I agree with you about #1. In fact, whenever I make these comments I actually assume that Unicode support is a given and don't think of it as something that should be highlighted. Also it is cumbersome to write "S-expressions with better unicode support" instead of plain old S-expressions (or CSV). :) 

	-----Original Message----- 
	From: Tim Bray [mailto:tbray@textuality.com] 
	Sent: Sun 2/2/2003 9:16 AM 
	To: Dare Obasanjo 
	Cc: Uche Ogbuji; Mike Champion; elharo@metalab.unc.edu; xml-dev@lists.xml.org 
	Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Elliotte Rusty Harold on Web Services

	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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