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On Fri, 28 Feb 2003 13:05:00 -0500, W. E. Perry <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> what is at stake for me is losing the working
> integration which I have already achieved? If document creators follow
> prescriptions their documents become increasingly opaque to me and to the
> methods which now work very well in integrating those documents into
> transactional processing.
How would what Dare, Robin, Don Box et al, or anyone else suggest take away
your working integrations? Are your customers going to swayed by the
thought that someone out there might have a need for binary infosets or
alternative serializations so therefore they must inflict it on you? That
just doesn't make sense to me. If your stuff is working with the syntax
only, presumably the customers are happy and will be just as happy in a
world where others choose to interoperate with APIs, abstract data models,
alternative serializations, or whatever. And if all those folks are
misguided, well, history will show that you were right and they were wrong.
But how does that hurt you?
Sometimes this permathread reminds me of Henry Ford, who supposedly said
that he would paint his cars whatever color the customer wants, so long as
it is black. If black Model T XML works for your customers, great ... but
some people seem to want it in blue, with a little more power that requires
higher-octane non-standard fuel, and are willing to pay the price.