RE: ubiquitous XML?
Simon St.Laurent wrote: > As time has passed, I've had less and less hope for this vision. Not > because of the familiar claim that 'data modeling is hard', > but because the > supporting standards for XML seem intent on growing more > complex and more > obscure simultaneously. Agreed. The prime example for me has been the XML Schema Structure document (http://www.w3.org/TR/xmlschema-1/). The simplest of questions can take hours to try to divine, and even then I'm often unsure that I understand. I think that the root problem may be that the spec is strictly descriptive, with no examples and little motivation ("What is this piece of the spec FOR?"). It's clear that readability has not been a priority for the editors. The Primer (http://www.w3.org/TR/xmlschema-0/) helps, but its content is limited by design. I think that the opacity of the specification will drastically slow adoption of XML Schema. One early indicator is the relative scarcity of technical tutorial articles in the trade press. -Ed Staub
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