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> I left out the low cost of XML tools in my "why XML took off"
> bit earlier, but it's definitely a factor.
It is not just a factor, it is *THE* most important factor; exactly the
same factor that led to TCP/IP killing off OSI Transport, and SMTP mail
killing off X.400.
Of course, one could argue that the low cost of the tools is a
consequence of the lack of complexity in the spec, and that is therefore
a factor too.