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> I'm five years older, possibly 5 years wiser, and definitely much
> less convinced that I know what's best for XML or its users than I was
> in 1999 :-) I don't have an agenda here, just a bunch of questions. I
> honestly have no idea whether it's better to try to "fix" the things
> people are complaining about or just build better tools and document
> best practices to keep people from being snagged on them. I just find
> it intriguing that after five years of wrestling with this stuff,
> many smart people are ending up roughly where the SML wars started in
> the fall of '99.
5 years on it's inevitable that the smart people will have recognized some
of the imperfections. But that's irrelevant. XML is now in the phase where
ordinary people will use it because everyone else uses it, not because it's
the smartest idea in town. And quite right too.