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   RE: [xml-dev] Ted Nelson's "XML is Evil"

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XML is also an archive format.   That might raise an eyebrow.


From: Hunsberger, Peter [mailto:Peter.Hunsberger@STJUDE.ORG]

1) For data exchange where XML is a transitory exchange medium the
points are moot.  This is where much of the value in XML is today.  The
real growth area for XML is in data exchange and not in attempting to
solve the concerns addressed by hypertext and the other mechanisms that
Mr. Nelson is focused on.

2) Mr. Nelson seems to suggest that the "real" hypertext system are
still to come and when that happens XML will be at most a document
exchange mechanism.  If you follow xml-dev it would appear that there
are few "priests" who would completely disapprove of this viewpoint.
Maybe this is just the benefit of the 5 years or experience from when
the article was written....  

This does raise the issue of whether the back end hypertext editing and
storage mechanisms need to be standardized.  Given that we're still at
the point of creating the King James, standardizing the printing press
would seem to be a ways off?


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