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

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Dare Obasanjo wrote:

> Does anyone have any concrete differences between such uses of XML that require such divisive terms as "doc vs data people". 

I'm with Paul Prescod, I've always thought that ordering was the thing 
that makes XML different from old-fashioned "data processing" thinking. 
  In most (but not all) documents, order is really significant.  And 
I've read Adam Bosworth griping because typical XML APIs do regard order 
as significant by default.

It seems to me that the basic idea of descriptive markup is now 
well-established enough that the XML universe exhibits sufficient 
cultural flexibility to allow people who care about order (and mixed 
content, and so on) to co-exist with those who don't, the angst here on 
xml-dev notwithstanding.

Cheers, Tim Bray
         (ongoing fragmented essay: http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/)


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