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except Lego is only available from a single vendor ..
agree with you on the "endless complexity" front though!
From: Roger L. Costello [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 21 June 2004 14:48
Subject: [xml-dev] XML ... simple building blocks, simple assembly
mechanisms, endless complexity
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