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   RE: [xml-dev] YAML Ain't Markup Language

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YAML does seem to very cleanly clear away the debate I see raging here
and elsewhere nearly daily between the doc vs data people. I must say I
am also concerned though. Where is the migration path for data people
making use of all the excellent tools available for XML? There is an
arduous path ahead.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:simonstl@simonstl.com]
> Sent: June 6, 2003 12:35 PM
> To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: Re: [xml-dev] YAML Ain't Markup Language
> mamiano@nc.rr.com (Mitch Amiano) writes:
> > [much good, from a markup perspective]
> >
> >YAML does appear to hold value
> >for data serialization. But a little nagging feeling inside tells me
> >that there is a myopic viewpoint at play.
> I have to congratulate the YAML folks for their "myopic viewpoint".
> They've set out to solve a much smaller set of problems in ways which
> are convenient for those problems.  They keep the Unicode text
> of XML, but go their own way for solving their own (still general but
> much more tightly focused) set of problems.
> I've found in practice that data serialization brings with it a myopic
> viewpoint on XML, and to put it bluntly, I'd rather have alternative
> approaches which cater to that viewpoint than deal with efforts which
> force data serialization notions into XML specifications.
> To me, the name "YAML Ain't Markup Language" makes clear the
> from markup approaches. That separation seems far more likely to make
> both people who care about markup and people who don't happy than
> continuing to force both groups into one set of specs, tools, and
> practices.
> --
> Simon St.Laurent
> Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets
> Errors, errors, all fall down!
> http://simonstl.com -- http://monasticxml.org
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