Re: XML: A outside perspective
Sebastian Rahtz writes: > This contribution is by far the finest, I thought: > > Finally, in conclusion, as an American, I am saddened that the > Internet seems to have been commandeered by a European based > protocol. Was America so short of talent we had to buy > the HTML protocol from Tom Berners-Lee at CERN ? > > Think of the security implications of the worlds strongest economy, > running an e-commerce protocol developed by a foreigner from Socialist > Europe. Remember the wall has not been down for that long. Who knows > what kind of trojans might be lurking within the depths of > these complicated protocols. > > There is just a tiny worry in my mind that maybe, just maybe, the > author was being serious. It's Slashdot -- the author probably was being serious. The author was probably also 15 or 16 and perfectly capable of breaking the encryption on DVDs in under 36 hours, so beware. Nevertheless, there were many good points about the costs and benefits of using XML elsewhere in the thread. For example, one of the free software projects I contribute to is FlightGear (http://www.flightgear.org/), the open source flight simulator. Eventually, they may choose to use XML-based configuration and save formats, but even with an XML parser, that's a lot of hassle when they can parse line- and field-oriented files within only a few lines of code (and they don't have to bundle a parser library either). All the best, David -- David Megginson david@m... http://www.megginson.com/ 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/ or CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 Unsubscribe by posting to majordom@i... the message unsubscribe xml-dev (or) unsubscribe xml-dev your-subscribed-email@your-subscribed-address Please note: New list subscriptions now closed in preparation for transfer to OASIS.
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