Re: Hostility to "binary XML" (was Re: XML 2004 webl
> Likewise, neither WAP content nor AV metadata (BiM's historical > target) were ever going to be Web darlings. Correctly, if only because WAP [expletive deleted] horribly at showing content and was (remains?) a pain in the ass for most folks to create. That it provided a means for cell-phone users to see web content wasn't compelling enough. That it was one format versus another had less to do with it being a crappy user experience. That the format was poorly documented, a pain to use and ambigious in its licensing certainly didn't help. Adding outrageous airtime fees and overall poor coverage and throughput further compounded the problems. If alternative serializations of XML expect to take off they're going to have to address more than just the merits of their specifications. If something about using one of them makes it better for all users; desktop AND cell phones (probably in that order) then it's far more likely to gain traction. Trying to use phones as the only excuse, well, that hasn't worked thus far even if it IS a good reason. For my two cents, I think it has more to do with the fluid level of understanding the various players bring to the equation. They (getting out the broad brush of generalization) barely understand how to twiddle the bits in the right way with 'text' XML. Give them the same sort of 'read source' simplicity and they'll recognize the value of a new form. Barring those same easy tools, however, and it's going to have a hard time getting anywhere. Finally, if people think browser compatibility on desktops is bad, try phones. If they have some common denominator it's one that [expletive deleted] worse than plain HTML did on NS2. Having a way to save bandwidth bits only to end up there just isn't lighting anyone's fire. -Bill Kearney
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