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   Re: [xml-dev] xml 2.0 - so it's on the way after all?

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On Friday 04 February 2005 08:50 pm, Elliotte Harold wrote:
> Bob Foster wrote:
> > A reasonable pov, probably represents the majority, I just don't agree
> > with it. A barrier to entry is a barrier to entry. The fact that it's
> > hard to write an XML parser means it's hard to understand how to use
> > XML, too.
> The bottom line is I don't find any arguments based on the difficulty of
> parsing XML to be really compelling, given that we have existence proofs
> that correct, efficient parsing of XML is possible.

Even in a reduced complexity style of xml such as:

 <Company Information>
  Organisation_Name&="Faulty Towers Hotel"
 </Company Information>

there can be a lot of complexity.

Yes, a uni student could do something simple in a week. But getting
systems that use it to be production stable, able to handle commercial
amounts of data and provide subsecond response times take a fair
degree of skill.

Even in one simple element, for example, currencies, Germans
and French express theirs with a comma for the decimal. Whilst
Americans + Australians and others use a period.

so in Germany (after an imaginary currency conversion) we would have:


yes, simple enough for a graduate to write a 20 line program for
in their local country, but writing a proper parser is truly in the league
of the professionals.

Then, multiply the number of records by 50000 and demand that
your parser runs quickly - and suddenly you find that there aren't that
many people out there wanting to do it commercially.

and I didn't even get to explaining how much of a hobby job it is
not to add in the xpath like support..... and make that run fast enough...
but I'm sure people get the picture....


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