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Re: [xml-dev] Lessons learned from the XML experiment

On Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 12:50 PM, Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com> wrote:
> * Conflating the power of generic markup with the need for endless
> constraints is a terrible idea.

It depends upon the use case.  Some 'data' has a requirement for
specific constraints to be explicit.
The great thing about XML is that you have a choice.  IF you are
marking up text just to divide it into pieces/sections/containers,
etc.  Then do that.  It doesn't mean that is everyones use case.

> * Design by committee only works in a limited number of contexts.

I agree that design by committee seldom results in a very good
product.  I haven't been involved but from experience in other areas,
I will bet that there were only a handful of people that REALLY
designed XML and related tools/technologies.  Maintenance and input
from a community is vital though.  As can be witnessed by the power
and flexibility of XML.


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