RE: Elliotte Rusty Harold on Web Services
I agree with you about #1. In fact, whenever I make these comments I actually assume that Unicode support is a given and don't think of it as something that should be highlighted. Also it is cumbersome to write "S-expressions with better unicode support" instead of plain old S-expressions (or CSV). :) -----Original Message----- From: Tim Bray [mailto:tbray@t...] Sent: Sun 2/2/2003 9:16 AM To: Dare Obasanjo Cc: Uche Ogbuji; Mike Champion; elharo@m...; xml-dev@l... Subject: Re: Elliotte Rusty Harold on Web Services Dare Obasanjo wrote: > <personal-opinion> If most of our users could get the following with CSV or S-expressions (I am such a broken record) I'm not sure they'd stick with XML besides the fact that it has been overhyped to death. I think this list of features would include You left out two things that I think have been big in XML's catching on: 1. Clean internationalization (Larry Wall: "An XML document knows what encoding it's in.") 2. Deterministic error handling. I think the importance of #1 is still widely underestimated. And I think #1 and #2 together are the things that really set XML apart from S-expressions and ASN.1 and the other credible competition. -Tim
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