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Perhaps, but there are an awful lot of us out here
glad to have XML for sucking text out of MEMO fields.
Not using namespaces is an option. Liam is dead
on about the uptake of structured data that was
previously ignored, and he might have added, the
migration away from delimited ASCII.
... sitting here laboriously writing yet another
XML Schema in PFE because in a relational shop,
it's just documentation and who needs tools
for that. Former SGMLers who worked for INGR
before the mass exodus will understand.
It isn't that it is too hard for a programmer;
it is how hard programmers can make it for others
because they just won't RTFM. C++ programmers
are the enemies of progress. :-)
There is probably a paper or article in the topic
of how many ways one can make life hard because
one knows too much about to-the-metal coding in
a time of converging standards.
From: Dare Obasanjo [mailto:email@example.com]
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").