Re: Re: Where does the "nothing left but toolkits" myth come f
Bob Foster wrote: > I have to say I love that answer! But seriously folks, if a different, > perhaps non-text format didn't call itself XML but went to the trouble > to be compatible with XML APIs, would that be a bad thing? Would it > bring on the end of western civilization as we know it? (Would that be > a bad thing?) This has already happened. A trivial example is the Java library class javax.imageio.metadata.IIOMetadataNode: http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/docs/api/javax/imageio/metadata/ IIOMetadataNode.html This represents something that is not XML (the documentation even states that it "is not intended to be used for general XML processing"), but which can be accessed and manipulated via the DOM API. You can have data that is accessible via the DOM API, but that doesn't make it XML. One of the primary purposes of DOM was to be able to manipulate HTML 4.01 trees - you're not arguing that HTML 4.01 is therefore XML? -- Chris Burdess
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