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RE: XML doesn't deserve its "X".

  • To: 'Eric van der Vlist' <vdv@d...>, xml-dev@l...
  • Subject: RE: XML doesn't deserve its "X".
  • From: "Anderson, John" <John@B...>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2002 13:21:03 +0100

the x in xml
Title: RE: XML doesn't deserve its "X".

It was a misspelling anyway, but EML was already taken by M$ for Outlook.

Can't resist adding an old tag line to my signature for the sake of this reply.

John Anderson
CTO BarbadosoftTM
The XML Management Company
+31 (0)20 750 7582 / +31 (0)6 55 347 448 / www.barbadosoft.com

- Putting the "X" in XML -

-----Original Message-----
From: Eric van der Vlist [mailto:vdv@d...]
Sent: 05 March 2002 08:54
To: xml-dev@l...
Subject: XML doesn't deserve its "X".

Title says it all, the extensibility of XML is one of its myths...

Technically, XML is based on trees which are not the most extensible
structures (compared to tables or triples). If you extend a tree you are
  likely to break its structure (and existing applications). I would say
that trees grow but are not "extended".

This technical limitation has been strengthen by a community which has
become conservative and any evolution seems deamed to fail.

XML is now legacy. Its users community is screaming against any change
and its specification body seems paralysed by its structure and the
diverging interests of its members...

It's probably time to look for the next wave!

See you in Seattle.
Eric van der Vlist       http://xmlfr.org            http://dyomedea.com
http://xsltunit.org      http://4xt.org           http://examplotron.org

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