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   RE: [xml-dev] RE: Why is there little usage of XML on the "visible Web"?

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Through an "HTML web browser".  That is an accident of history.  The
Internet doesn't really care that you use HTML as the containing markup.
It is the page metaphor triumphing over other modes and means.  That can
change but I don't expect it soon.  I do expect it to be relatively
sudden when it happens.

It isn't XML that is little used.  XML is a syntax and does nothing.
You have to look for alternative application languages.  If you wrapped
your text paragraphs in say SVG or X3D, you'd have XML being very


From: Richard Salz [mailto:rsalz@us.ibm.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2006 8:46 AM

> There didn?t seem to be any objection to the assertion that HTML is 
> the primary markup language for the visible Web, and that XML is not 
> appropriate for the visible Web.

My problem with the assertion is that it seems tautological.  It's like
saying 'most English speakers prefer English' -- if you're defining the
web through a browser-based (-biased? :) view, then anything other than
almost-all HTML would be quite surprising.


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