Re: Why XML for Messaging?
> but when the question of > 'why XML' comes up, the answers are reduced to 'because it > is there'. The fact that we now have a universal data format that developer's can just assume will always be there is pretty damn compelling. Perhaps it can only really be appreciated if you've lived through other bridges: com/corba usenet/email rfc822 and mime/x.400 sna / tcp/ip iso (GOSIP, anyone?) / tcp/ip archie, gopher / http > Indeed, when a binary XML as an alternative is proposed and > solutions are documented, the WG is asked to jump through > hoops not asked of any other working group. I completely disagree with this characterization. When the XBC WG said "we want to provide an alternative to now-universal serialization", the TAG said "show us the numbers." BTW, the TAG doesn't make policy decisions like what WG to create. Right now, you can take any XML-generating application and feed its output into any XML-consuming toolkit. We'd be fools to give that up without having concrete proof that it'd be worth it. /r$ -- Rich Salz, Chief Security Architect DataPower Technology http://www.datapower.com XS40 XML Security Gateway http://www.datapower.com/products/xs40.html
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