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   Re: [xml-dev] Partyin' like it's 1999

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Bill de hÓra wrote:
> Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
>> Ok.  Any parties interested in posting their favorite five bad 
>> problems with XML in order here?  I wonder what the consensus is on 
>> the top two.  
> 1) Default namespaces
> 2) DOM
> 3) No Clark notation in XPath (or XML) -see 1 for details.

Namespaces in XPath is a large contributor to why people dislike 
namespaces yes. To be honest I wouldn't want to replace my XPath QNames 
with Clarkian notation, they'd become a touch hard to read. What I would 
love to see on the other hand would be more usage of the xmlns() 
XPointer scheme everywhere XPath is available. It would be oh so simple.


> Prediction: whatever replaces XML will look something like RNC or YAML - 
> it won't be binary.

Heartily agreed, though it may include a binary syntax (that would be 
one permathread fewer :). At the same time, I sure hope it looks nothing 
like RNC or YAML, they're not exactly the best syntaxes for text-heavy 

Robin Berjon


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