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> 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.
Mainly because of design goals 4 and 6, which few other candidate formats
have either stated, or achieved:
4: it shall be easy to write programs which process XML documents
6: XML documents should be human legible and reasonably clear
These two goals (and XML's success in achieving them) enable the data to
outlive the current generation of software used to process it.
Admittedly, they do require the designers of the particular vocabulary to
share the same philosophy.