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   Re: [xml-dev] Lx: compact syntax for XML

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Bob Wyman wrote:

> 	But frankly, I think while it would be nice if XML were more
> compact, it will do more harm then good to have two flavors of XML in
> the wild. I recognize that you've probably put a lot of good, hard
> work into defining your syntax and making the code work, however, I'm
> afraid that if it becomes popular, the impact on interop is not going
> to be pleasant. If we're going to have a common alternative to XML,
> then it should offer *great* advantages over XML -- advantages that
> are greater than those that seem to derive from your proposal.

I never thought of my indented compact syntax as anything but a quick 
and easy device to make some xml files fast and easy to type (for _me_! 
- and perhaps someone else too).  And that is mostly the case, I think, 
when the xml is fairly list-like.  In fact, this format grew out of my 
efforts to let a non-xml person type simple indented lists, and have me 
turn them into xml.

I normally just type my xml into a text editor, but once in a while I 
still fire up the indented parser.  Of course, you could have it output 
SAX events.


Tom P


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