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

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Michael Kay wrote:

>>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.
and they have to be stored on a medium that is long term accessible. i 
have lots of stuff on floppy disks, tapes, etc that, while archived, is 
for intents and purposes inaccessible without a trip to the computer 
museum. the format is only part of the issue.

for all their faults stone, metal, paper, vinyl, etc have fanastic long 
term archive properties.

>Admittedly, they do require the designers of the particular vocabulary to
>share the same philosophy.
>Michael Kay
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