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RE: An easy-to-use technology is a double-edged sword (XML is

  • From: "Michael Kay" <mike@s...>
  • To: "'Costello, Roger L.'" <costello@m...>,<xml-dev@l...>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2008 14:17:42 +0100

RE:  An easy-to-use technology is a double-edged sword  (XML is
> The result is we end up with a 
> million XML vocabulary islands, which interoperate only by 
> creating complicated translation mechanisms, or don't 
> interoperate at all.  XML's low barrier to entry has been a 
> mixed blessing for the Web.

Reuse is a mixed blessing too. Standard vocabularies like HL7 and XBRL can
easily grow to be so large, complex, and abstract that they become extremely
expensive to use. Defining your own little XML vocabulary that does exactly
what you want and no more, and which can easily be transformed into
something else, may give you better value for money.

Michael Kay

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