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Re: [xml-dev] Protocol Buffers - Why not use XML

On Sat, 13 Feb 2016 21:58:03 +0000, Peter Flynn <peter@silmaril.ie>

| We have just not been very good about making that clear; in my field, 
| largely because programmers glaze over when you talk about XML and 
| documents.

Mainly because they had already been sold on the idea that XML was a
serialization format.  The problem was to unsell them, and that would
have taken uncommon persuasion skills.

| On the other hand, I have documents exactly like this, with a markup
| payload of 500% of the document text and more, precisely because it adds
| value to the documents for their users far exceeding any minor
| inconveniences of pointy brackets getting in the way. 

Yes, but compare that to the overhead in the example presented here:


where the "value added", such as it could be, is risibly minimal. (For
a very good reason: the base information payload isn't a "document"
except by definitional legerdemain only.)

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