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I'll chime in. Readability is a strong reason, but not the only reason for
XML. Extensibility is another. Legacy apps that store data in files will
often times be very hardcoded. You can't touch the file format or everything
dies. With XML, you can adjust the format (add nodes, child nodes, etc)
without breaking anything.
As for real-world applications, here's where I've found it very useful:
- Config files (use XML instead of INI)
- Simple storage (like a min-database) for applications
- Real-time Application Integration
- Web pages (with XSL)
The best thing I've found about XML is forward-thinking. I don't have to
worry too much about "locking" myself into a particular structure. If
anything, once the structure changes, only a simple stylesheet is needed to
update all my older documents.
Bryce K. Nielsen
SysOnyx, Inc. (www.sysonyx.com)
Makers of xmlDig, the XML-SQL Extractor
----- Original Message -----
From: "Byarlay, Wayne A." <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, November 21, 2005 2:14 PM
Subject: RE: [xml-dev] Xml file sizes
Well, I've certainly received a well-voiced response. It would seem that
XML's readability is its strongest point. Both by people, and computers.
If its original design was more for ease-of-use, than straight-out
efficiency, that would make sense.
Thanks for your input! Though, right now, I cannot think of any
applications for XML in any of my current projects, I will keep it in