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Michael Kay <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > I suppose so, personally, I don't expect archives to give me
> > much in the
> > way of dynamic capabilities or currency. Having said that,
> I am not a
> > big believer in using XML as an archive format except for audit
> > purposes.
> It's being used extensively by professionals in the field of digital
> archiving: what would you advise them to use instead?
As I replied to Dave, my leaning in this statement was towards the data
side of the world. As you move more towards less structured data XML
becomes more and more attractive for archive. This is, I suppose, Mr.
Nelson's issue with it, but given the lack of standardized alternatives
I don't see much reason to deviate from the practice. However, if you do
use XML for such purposes it probably behooves you to understand the
Given the availability of CSS and schema I think that if one exercises
some care one can, now-a-days, obviate at least some of Mr. Nelsons
concerns. It does seem possible to move at least a portion of the
document description out of band...