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We swapped that birthright for cheap parsers,  
cheap tools and markup ubiquity.  The programmers 
run the show now.  Game set and match.

But the document guys are still in there swinging.

Bosak is quoted as saying that XML still requires 
the same sweathog work as it ever did, pounding 
out standards for everyone to use.  Ok, but which 
organization rationalizes the choices? Cull or 
copy, or say to heck with it and write one for 
any particular closed system, but open systems?
Wanta go mad?  Try to figure out which *standard* 
to use for addresses and postal codes.  The 
easier the example, the more groups have stepped 
up to standardize it.  The harder the example, 
the fewer the choices.

And so it goes.  


From: Sean McGrath [mailto:sean.mcgrath@propylon.com]

I'm pretty confident that those of us who see XML as markup - as 
*documents* - are in a minority. Such is life. But we were the minority who worked on 
creating the freaking think in the first place.

Sigh. XML is ceasing to be a technology with which I feel familiar or drawn to.


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