Re: The relentless march of abstraction (fwd)
John Cowan writes: > > There will be adoption where [XML is] as easy and forgiving as > > HTML was in 1994. > > That will never happen, thanks to draconian error recovery. Hopefully > XML will never become such a mess as HTML has become, either. I think that client-side XML failed simply because it didn't fill a big enough real need (HTML 4 is close enough), not because its error handling was too hairy. I agree with Dave Winer, however, that XML violates the primary Internet law of being conservative in what you produce but liberal in what you accept. Interestingly, XML *has* succeeded in the server-side/B2B space, precisely where the Draconian Error Recovery is an advantage rather than a liability. As a spec, XML naturally migrated to its most appropriate habitat, just as Java did. XML's error recovery is a fascinating case of a design flaw (for its original, client-side target) turning into an unexpected benefit. All the best, David -- David Megginson david@m... http://www.megginson.com/
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