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RE: Still not the essence of XML (was Re: S-e xpress

  • To: "'B. Tommie Usdin'" <btusdin@m...>, xml-dev@l...
  • Subject: RE: Still not the essence of XML (was Re: S-e xpressions vs. XML)
  • From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@i...>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2003 16:58:02 -0600

Sort of too bad. Only Money Matters.  It seems to play to 
the "all future software will be W3C-compliant software" ploy. 
I have reasons to think that isn't true but that's ok. 
We will reinvent every feature of SGML in XML except 
for datatag and call it Xtremely Xtensible.

Markup marches on.... a path littered with dead hardware, 
dead operating systems, and dead applications floating face up 
among the reeds of perrenial content. 

We follow Gollum with a sharp eye and restrained imagination 
to that fiery pit where the ring will at last, release its 
hold on our will. :-)


From: B. Tommie Usdin [mailto:btusdin@m...]

At 4:08 PM -0600 1/13/03, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
>I wonder if the SGML vendors will simply make XML a checkbox on
>the list of doable things and drop their prices.  XML won't kill
>SGML until it can do everything SGML can do as well as SGML can
>do it.  Harrumphs will be ignored if one wants to flame that.

There are no "SGML vendors", they have all styled themselves "XML vendors".

Many of them still support SGML, they just don't advertise SGML support. XML won't kill SGML  unless it mutates in such a way that tool vendors can't  support both XML and SGML from the same code base. If that happens they will, probably reluctantly, drop support for their oldest customers. Unless that happens, a lot of software will be silently SGML capable.


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