Re: XML, routing
miles@m... (Miles Sabin) writes: >But I don't think it has any bearing on the viability of pushing XML >down the stack in the way Kurt's report seemed to be suggesting >(whether or not that was what Don _meant_ to say). There's too much >exisiting infrastructure for that to be viable outside of relatively >closed environments. > >Like I said: look at IPv6, or look at multicast. For the public Internet, I completely agree. I'm more concerned about the impact of these issues on "relatively closed environments." For a brief period of time, we've had a strangely unified networking universe, where large chunks of the closed environments are running on the same network infrastructure as the open environments. It's not universal, of course - there are still lots of non-IP environments out there - but it's certainly been a change. If, as I suspect, this kind of routing starts out on top of an HTTP (or even) IP foundation which can later be shifted to whatever seems convenient, we may find that situation changing. I have to admit that I marveled at how transparent the switchover from NetBEUI/whatever to TCP/IP felt over successive versions of Windows. Might be better for some people, might be worse for others. (Personally, I've never been too happy with how closed-environment assumptions have afflicted a lot of seemingly open-environment specifications, including XML, so I'd be inclined to say it was for the worse.) ------------- Simon St.Laurent - SSL is my TLA http://simonstl.com may be my URI http://monasticxml.org may be my ascetic URI urn:oid:22.214.171.124.4.1.6320 is another possibility altogether
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