RE: XML doesn't deserve its "X".
Eric van der Vlist wrote: >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... SGML evolved. HTML evolved. XML will evolve. As far as "it users community screaming against any change," I see this as a very good sign. Such resistance is necessary for innovation (obviously) which does not always come from established institutions (quite obviously). Innovation will come, whispering or screaming, from outside the expected boundaries. Behold RELAX NG. James Clark and Murata Makoto merged their innovations under the shelter of OASIS, but the sound ideas behind RELAX NG hatched long before April 2001. It is, after all, an evolution of the DTD. But XML does not have to do everything right to succeed. Consider vi. Even vi has evolved somewhat, but it's been around for a while. I use it almost every day (thanks to Bram Moolenaar, et al., VIM, and Cygwin). It cannot do all things well but it can do some things very well. (Sorry, I am of the old-school sort that given the choice would take regular expressions over the mouse on any given day!) Mike
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