Re: RE: evolvable formats
> 10/11/2002 1:13:37 AM, "Dare Obasanjo" <dareo@m...> wrote: > > >I completely agree with Uche's sentiments. When I first saw the RSS > >brouhaha and read many mentions the need for Ultra-liberal RSS > >parsers I wondered why they bothered with XML and didn't just use > >some other format instead. The only reason I can think of is buzzword > >compliance. > > Yup. My perhaps overly-cryptic references to "RSS 3.0"  were intended > to make the same point. I'm not sure how seriously anyone in > the RSS world takes this, but compare  and  and ask yourself > what REAL value XML adds in this particular scenario. An argument that XML fails to "add value" can be made about *any format* by a suitably determined opponent to XML. As I say, if I worried about such opposition, I'd pack up and close up shop. I believe that anyone who has written parsers for , and had to then deal with the real world stresses on those parsers will have no problem understanding what value  offers. I've written a *lot* of parsers in my time: I don't need a lot of convincing to favor XML formats for machine-processed formats. -- Uche Ogbuji Fourthought, Inc. http://uche.ogbuji.net http://4Suite.org http://fourthought.com Python&XML column: 2. Introducing PyXML - http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2002/09/25/p y.html The Past, Present and Future of Web Services 1 - http://www.webservices.org/ind ex.php/article/articleview/663/1/24/ The Past, Present and Future of Web Services 2 - 'http://www.webservices.org/in dex.php/article/articleview/679/1/24/ Serenity through markup - http://adtmag.com/article.asp?id=6807 Tip: Using generators for XML processing - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerwork s/xml/library/x-tipgenr.html
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