ConciseXML solves the verbosity and ambiguity of XML 1.0 while while remaining compatible with XML 1.0. ConciseXML is designed for data as well as documents. ConciseXML has four key improvements to XML 1.0: 1. optional ending tag ConciseXML: <textarea>hi</> XML 1.0: <textarea>hi</textarea> 2. by-position arguments (attribute key is optional) ConciseXML: <person "Mike" "Plusch"/> XML 1.0: <person first="Mike" last="Plusch"/> 3. Dot notation for path ConciseXML: "abe".<foo color="blue"/>.bar XML 1.0: <execute_path> "abe" <foo color="blue"/> bar </execute_path> 4. Attributes keys and attribute values can be any object, not just strings. ConciseXML: <person name="Mike" age=28 married=true birth=<date 1968 1 10/> /> XML 1.0: <person> <field key="name">"Mike"</field> <field key="age">28</field> <field key="married">true</field> <field key="birth"> <date><field key="year">1968</field> <field key="month">1</field> <field key="day">10</field> </date> </field> </person> A chapter in a book published by Wiley titled: "Water: Simplified Web Services and XML Programming" has a chapter that describes ConciseXML. The chapter is also posted on-line at: http://www.waterlang.org/water_book_2002/concise_xml.htm Half of the contents of the book is available here: http://www.waterlang.org/water_book_2002/index.htm ConciseXML compatibility with XML 1.0 takes the following form: 1. Any XML 1.0 expression is also a ConciseXML expression 2. Any ConciseXML expression can be written in XML 1.0 3. There is no information loss when converting between ConciseXML and XML 1.0 4. ConciseXML supports both the XML 1.0 and "concise" forms within the same document. One can be nested within the other. ConciseXML has the same properties that would be desired for XML 2.0. I would like to see ConciseXML adopted as a standard. Clear Methods, my company, is willing to freely license it to everyone. Christopher Fry and I are the co-creators of ConciseXML and the Water language. _Mike Plusch CTO, Clear Methods http://www.clearmethods.com http://www.waterlang.org
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