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Any system depending on a Draconian parse to 
ensure its stability is fragile.  Limiting the 
modality limits the application.  XML forces 
every other datatype and format to work with 
it on XML's terms, what I used to call the 
pine tree effect of markup (nothing thrives 
around pines but other pines).  XML is fragile 
and like most fragile things, requires careful 
attention.  When a programmer asks to do what 
they consider a reasonable thing, eg, inlining 
binaries, they are told they can't do that very 
easily or safely.  That is fragility.

It doesn't mean it won't perform.  The space 
shuttle is fragile.  It performs quite well 
until it doesn't.  One of the problems of 
what just occurred was managers refusing to 
accept despite what engineers were telling them 
that a piece of styrofoam could take it down.


From: Thomas B. Passin [mailto:tpassin@comcast.net]

[Bullard, Claude L (Len)]
> If one wants to do more (eg, stuffing inlined
> binaries), the fragility of XML starts to out

I do not see it as fragility of XML.  It is when you stick in binary data
and some of the other things that it gets fragile. XML as it is now seems to
be pretty robust, not fragile - especially since we can edit it with the
good old text editor.  Even modulo external parsed entities, not fragile.


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