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

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Jonathan Robie <jonathan.robie@datadirect.com> writes:
> Hunsberger, Peter wrote:
> > Archive isn't an isolated capability.  Archive implies 
> capability for 
> > usage.  Usage implies a mix of concerns. Does placing a inscribed 
> > stone tablet in a air tight iron box meet the requirements 
> of archive 
> > if no one knows how to interpret the inscriptions on the 
> stone tablet 
> > at any point in time?
> Well, it worked great for the Rosetta Stone. 

Umm, you missed the point: at several points in time (presumably) the
inscriptions on the Rosetta Stone could be interpreted.  But I suspect
the point's too subtle....

> Give people a bunch of 
> labels, and they can often figure it out - even in languages 
> they don't 
> know, given enough time.
> I think the topic at hand is inline markup. How could omitting the 
> markup make it easier to understand the meaning and structure of the 
> contents of a file?

That's a good topic, but I think just part of the thread.  Personally, I
was (at least at some point (no pun intended)) attacking the question of
when to use XML. For me, even when addressing the question of archive, I
see more value in XML as an interchange format than I do in a archive
format.  Not to say it's a bad archive format, just to say that I don't
see why it stands the test of long term usability necessarily better
than any other format.  XML parsers may be just a curious artifact of
the past in 20 years...


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