What, me worry? (was RE: Has XML run its course?)
> -----Original Message----- > From: Tim Bray [mailto:tbray@t...] > Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2001 4:54 PM > To: xml-dev@l... > Subject: Re: Has XML run its course? > > Speaking for myself, I'm quite confident that a few years > from now, people will be doing lots of useful and interesting > things with XML, and based on the evidence, the probability > is high that at that time Simon will still be worrying on a > regular basis about the way things are going... Hmmm. Let's examine his track record. I'll pick a month of the archives arbitrarily... September 1998. Three years ago Simon posted a note pointing us to his essay "Cement Shoes for XML" .. the gist of which is that real XML support across Web browsers will be slow in coming. "Developers and others who stand to benefit from XML are going to have to band together to get browser vendors to support display of XML documents, or develop competing solutions and promote them against the massive installed base of the older browsers." I believe we had that debate all over again a few weeks ago. Other "worryings" from Simon back in September 1998 noted confusion about what namespaces are all about (I seem to remember that topic coming up "occasionally" since then!), the perennial question of whether XSL or CSS is best for adding style to XML (I seem to remember another recent go-around about CSS and XSL), and considerable skepticism about whether RDF added any value vs. XML with well-chosen tag names (ditto). I'd say (from my 10-minute research project) that Simon's track record of worrying about things well in advance of the rest of us is pretty good. Kinda reminds me of the time I got mad at my dogs for barking like crazy at the stranger walking past the house next door -- "Stupid dogs, that's just some guy walking down the street, quit worrying about him!" Turns out he had just robbed the place. Stupid me for not paying attention.
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