XML Economics was: Re: Data streams
Usually, I sit and watch these interesting discussions and enjoy the focus on the technical intricacies. However in this case I feel compelled to interject. Isn't this discussion missing something fundamental? Isn't there essentially an overwhelming economic argument for expressing information in XML. I wrote the following paragraph about 2 years ago whilst trying to retrospectively capture the thinking that we'd done at HP before starting the Dexter project... "So by expressing data in XML it acquires the capability to be consumed in the Web and processed by web-technologies. If web-sites are pervasive and web communication is mandatory in business it makes sense to ensure data is encapsulated in XML. It is not the XML that is powerful it is the potential that XML and the universal set of applications that can potentially process this data, it is XML's communicability that makes XML powerful and which is fuelling the XML-transition." If you're interested the whole paper is available here... http://www.1060research.com/whitepaper/netkernel.html A proviso. This is not a marketing stunt! This paper represents a progression of thought that led us to start an XML infrastructure project at HP. Some of it might be relevant to the fundamental arguments behind this discussion? Not to put a spanner in the discussion - since once you believe in the economic imperative, you surely need to have a feel for the best linear combination of the readability and disorder eigenvectors [I can almost hear the 'what's the value of attributes?' discussion starting ;-)] Cheers, Peter -- Peter Rodgers <pjr@1...>
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