Why XML for Messaging?
It is interesting that articles about XML messaging discuss the advantages of messaging thoroughly but when the question of 'why XML' comes up, the answers are reduced to 'because it is there'. In some articles, the problems of XML verbosity and other nits are elaborated, but at the end, the same answer 'because it is there' or 'there are no attractive alternatives' are given. Laziness or just momentum? While I don't expect an industry with so much invested in XML to do this, I am surprised that universities and other research labs are not working on that side of the problem. Perhaps they are but aren't saying much about it. 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. That kind of institutional resistance to innovation is strikingly strange. That XML will be replaced eventually is almost certain given it's inefficiencies for this particular application. While that time has not come, it is a provocative thought experiment to speculate on the shape and characteristics of its successor. o A simpler XML? o A smarter XML? o Binary XML All known and there have been attempts. o Objects The third is what some were after before the web. Why not send compiled objects? (I know some of these reasons but from time to time, it is useful to start from a fresh perspective.) len
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