flexibility (was: The subsetting has begun)
sean.mcgrath@p... (Sean McGrath) writes: >I have an OS supplied copy command that treats my XML as a series of >512 byte blocks:-) To people who come from relational database or even binary file backgrounds, that kind of generic flexibility is often no laughing matter. XML opens a lot of XML-specific functionality to developers, but its easy compatibility with non-XML tools for processing and storing text or bits is a huge win as well. Even remembering back to my college job as a computer consultant, the part of my job that involved recovering papers lost to angry floppy disks would have been a lot easier if Word 4.0 had used SGML - or for that matter any halfway-readable text-based format. As long as I can get to the information, I don't care if it's a tree, a shrub, or a skyscraper. -- Simon St.Laurent Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets Errors, errors, all fall down! http://simonstl.com -- http://monasticxml.org
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