Bad Business (was Re: advocating XML)
This is a strange thread -- I'll admit to not having read every posting, but why *should* anyone want to go out and advocate XML where it might not be needed? If comma-delimited does everything someone wants, then it makes sense to stick with it. If the person later wants to do stuff that comma-delimited makes too hard (nested/recursive structures, optional and repeatable fields, partly self-describing format, structural validation, markup mixed into a text stream, etc.) then, and only then, does it make sense to come and talk with us, the XML community. There's no point anticipating those problems -- a competent manager should wait until they actually come up. Paying the high cost of a transition to XML (or any other shiny new technology) early and up front when it might never be needed is bad business. All the best, David -- David Megginson david@m... http://www.megginson.com/
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