Re: advocating XML
At 02:40 PM 3/13/01 -0600, Rob Andrews wrote: >He feels that a comma-delimited file is better in every visible >way over XML for data storage, and is under the impression that XML has no >value. If: 1) You only exchange 'flat' data - rows of information, basically and 2) You exchange only the exact same types of information all the time and 3) You don't ever need to send your information to new people who need labels on the content to figure it out and 4) You don't find any XML processing tools intriguing and 5) You don't ever plan to show those files directly on a user's screen Your manager might be right. If you need information stored in structures more complex than lists of lists, if you need to present that to people in a browser, if you need to exchange it with other users more easily, or XML processing tools look like more powerful conveniences than the tools available for comma-delimited lists, your manager is most likely wrong. Simon St.Laurent - Associate Editor, O'Reilly and Associates XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed. XHTML: Migrating Toward XML http://www.simonstl.com - XML essays and books
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