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   RE: [xml-dev] XML ... simple building blocks, simple assembly mechanisms

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except Lego is only available from a single vendor ..
agree with you on the "endless complexity" front though!

-----Original Message-----
From: Roger L. Costello [mailto:costello@mitre.org]
Sent: 21 June 2004 14:48
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: [xml-dev] XML ... simple building blocks, simple assembly
mechanisms, endless complexity

Hi Folks,

I think that XML is a lot like Legos.

Consider Legos: with simple building blocks that have clearly defined
assembling mechanisms (i.e., ways of snapping the blocks together) you can
create a virtually endless variety and complexity of structures.

Consider XML: in XML there are just two building blocks: (1) tags, and (2)
data.   The assembling mechanisms of XML building blocks are very simple:
(1) a tag can embed tag(s), and (2) a tag can embed data.  With these
building blocks, and these assembly mechanisms virtually any information
structure can be created.

Simple building blocks ... simple assembly mechanisms ... endless




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