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Re: King of Stupid XML Articles?

  • From: AndrewWatt2000@a...
  • To: xml-dev@l...
  • Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 19:01:57 -0400 (EDT)

Re: King of Stupid XML Articles?
In a message dated 25/09/00 18:16:46 GMT Daylight Time, 
lisarein@f... writes:

> This one has my vote:
>  
>  http://www.business2.com/content/magazine/breakthrough/2000/09/15/18549
>  
>  it's from this months Business 2.0.  And it's written by a professor of
>  new media at hunter college in NY.  Which shows that even professors
>  sometimes don't do their homework.  I guess this guy thought he was so
>  smart, he didn't need to be bothered with the facts.
>  
>  I am putting together a "Stupid XML Article" section on my website in
>  response to this garbage masquerading as press.  Especially after the AP
>  wire scare last summer (the whole "Europe votes no on XML" thing),
>  something has to be done.  
>  
>  Please forward your favorite (most hated?) stupid XML article to me
>  privately if anyone wants to participate.  Anonymously or otherwise.
>  
>  thanks,
>  
>  lisa

Lisa,

I think there are many positive points in the article which so roused your 
ire.

A title like, "XML: No Magic Problem Solver" is a great start for an article 
on XML.

I think he raises some important issues which merit further discussion.

The more I learn about XML the more I see it as being a little like those 
Russian dolls which tourists buy. There are multiple layers of complexity and 
things which may appear stupid when viewed on one layer seem intricate and 
intriguing issues when viewed on another.

What is "fact" with XML is often much more a matter of interpretation than 
may at first seem to be the case.

Yes, there are some pretty bad XML articles around. However, I don't really 
think Clay Shirky's is one of them.

Andrew Watt

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