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David Lyon wrote:
>I was reading this article...
>so everything is looking good for an xml 2.0... with datatyping
>and other good stuff...
i know it's way too late, but here's the thing i dislike most about xml:
overloading the < symbol.
until 10 years ago this was a "less than" sign and had a partner, the
"greater than" sign. and it was used that way for about a century and a
half. and < is for me, one of the unreadables of xml. x < y => x <
now it is an angle bracket and part of a confusing overloading of symbology.
syntactically, xml uses opening symbols of <, <!, <?, </ and <![. as
these are not white space delimited it is therefore not lr-1 for
however i do like the specific start/end tag stuff and don't want to
lose it. it would have just been nicer to use a real bracket
combination. not important in markup (so i'm not flaming anyone) but a
pain when you extend to data and scripting - rapidly becoming important
uses of xml.
i chose square brackets for my own markup language -  - which predates
xml by about 15 years for exactly this reason.
opinion #1 on this subject.
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