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IMHO, there's no magic in the pointy brackets of the specific syntax of 
XML, all of the magic is in the agreement on a small set of rules, 
idioms, conventions, certain types of flexibility, and a path to 
building on that base.  That is why keeping everything but the specific 
syntax still feels like XML+ to many of us.

In spite of that, I can see value in coming up with an alternate term 
that conveys the above meaning and distinction.  Possibly:
XIS = eXtensible Info Set
XIS - binary-structure-encoding == XML - pointy-bracket-structure-encoding

Just saying that
XML - pointy-bracket-encoding == NULLSET, not-worth-talking-about, 
unrelatable-to-XML, of-no-use-to-anybody, 
is not helpful.

Until we come to a solid concensus on such a name, it's difficult to 
convey "just like XML except for the structure encoding" without using 


Rich Salz wrote:

>>     Can we stop arguing about whether a binary alternative to XML
>> is, can, or should be called "XML"? The case has been made over and
>> over again that if it ain't pointy brackets and all the other stuff in
>> the XML specifications, then it ain't XML!
> I think that when even a W3C Activity Lead uses the "wrong" term, as 
> recently as a couple of weeks ago, that it is premature to call for an 
> end to discussion about the terminology.
> Sure, in many cases here it is preaching to the choir, but it's not a 
> universal meme yet.
>     /r$

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