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Re: XML support in browsers?

  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: Michael Kay <mike@saxonica.com>
  • Date: Mon, 08 Jun 2009 11:00:29 -0400

Re:  XML support in browsers?
Michael Kay wrote:
>> A decade later, it still makes for strange conversation when 
>> the XML and Web communities wander into each other's turf, though.
> I don't think I understand what you mean by the "Web community". Whom does
> it exclude?

By "Web community" I mean the people for whom the Web is their first 
(and often exclusive) development target.  Its borders are complex, but 
  if you want a reasonable guideline, I'd point to the set of 
technologies   on which the Web Standards Project focuses:


That's typically HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and the DOM.  That's the core 
set of technologies I find discussed on web design and web development 
lists, and the core set on which the ever-growing set of web frameworks 
build.  Web folks I know who care about data exchange often know about 
XML, but find JSON an easier fit for most applications.

It also includes many sub-communities on the server side, who generate 
all that stuff using a wide variety of tools.  Some of those 
subcommunities are XML-centric (or even XSLT-centric), but I can't 
imagine it's a large proportion of people.

As for who it excludes, I don't think it excludes anyone who works with 
those core technologies - but degree of focus, priorities, and 
expectations certainly offer opportunities for culture clashes.  It's 
not a simple binary, at least until argument is joined and people choose 

(Who's in the XML community?  The Web Services community?  Who do they 

Simon St.Laurent

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