Re: XML *should* be boring
At 10:54 11/09/98 -0400, David Megginson wrote: [...] > >I wish that we could have prevented the hype in the first place, but >that's all spilled milk now. XML is a very important standard -- I >think that it is roughly to information exchange what TCP and IP are >to networking -- but it's still just a standard, not a product. I respect this view - and I suggest we don't try to convert each other :-) And keep posting contrary view to mine. But it could also be argued that HTML was just a communication language for text, graphics and hyperlinks - and not necessarily the best one. But the applications of HTML were dramatic - and without them there wouldn't be an XML. So if - at the technical level - XML is simply another protocol, what's it for? My own feeling is that structured documents and precise markup have an immense amount to offer, in the same way as hypermedia did. They challenge the way that people think and organise their information. I don't believe that these ideas can and should be kept below the surface - I think they should start moving into the general curriculum. So maybe XML is simply the messenger, but the message is much more important. P. Peter Murray-Rust, Director Virtual School of Molecular Sciences, domestic net connection VSMS http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/vsms, Virtual Hyperglossary http://www.venus.co.uk/vhg xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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