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RE: Ted Nelson's "XML is Evil"

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  • Subject: RE: Ted Nelson's "XML is Evil"
  • From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <len.bullard@i...>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 15:34:29 -0500

is nothing sacred gahan wilson
From: Jonathan Robie [mailto:jonathan.robie@d...]

>What's the silver bullet? 

It's a bar in Phoenix.

>What's going to drive people away from the 
>HTML and XML systems that are good enough for 90% of what people need?

Binaries or other types that don't enable them to write to the original?  
Out of line markup isn't a bad idea given no write permissions.  Multiple 
logical hierarchies is another although transforms do a pretty good job
Lack of copyright enforcement is another.  It is a compelling argument 
for binaries.  It turns out a lot of people want the pipes without 
the plumber's philosophy of economics and intellectual property.
>What is it going to drive them to?

db tables and objects.  DRM in other situations.

Much of Nelson's critique in the opening paragraphs is aimed at the  
'mania' to do everything with XML.  That was spot on when it was 

We're already beyond HTML.  The complexity police are everywhere though.


Nothing is perfect. - Norm Walsh
Is Nothing Sacred?  - Gahan Wilson


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