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   Re: [xml-dev] If XML is too hard for a programmer, perhaps he'd bebetter

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Dare Obasanjo wrote:
> The "Desperate Perl Hacker" argument  was a bogus claim for XML 1.0 because of the existence of entities and CDATA sections but is quite farcical now with the existence of the Namespaces in XML recommendation (and it's bastard spawn "QNames in content"). 

Empirically false, at two levels.  First, lots of people process XML 
with perl (or equivalent) all the time.  Second, the real requirement 
was to make it tractable to take a large body of document data and make 
quick programmatic changes on it.  Which, obviously, XML makes way easier.
Cheers, Tim Bray
         (ongoing fragmented essay: http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/)


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