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Re: XML's place in the world

  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: Jim Tivy <jimt@bluestream.com>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2009 09:00:57 -0500

Re:  XML's place in the world
I have nothing to contest in this statement, but my point was not about 
how far XML has gotten, but about the trend going forward.  This feels 
like a wonderful toast to past success, but says very little about new 

COBOL was an amazing advance in its time as well...

Simon St.Laurent

Jim Tivy wrote:
> Well, I apologize for no hard data here but feel free to contest what I 
> say then I will try to find some data:
> XML is a leading open content format and is a leading open data format.  
> The key term is "open" - which herein means there are lots of tools, it 
> has an exchange format (text) and it is backed by a number of open 
> standards that flesh it out in many dimensions. 
> As an open format XML has gone further than any other such format in the 
> history of computing.
> There are other important open data standards - CSV in the past and now 
> JSON as well as SGML.  None of these have seen the breadth of 
> application and number of adoptions as XML (measured in kilograms).

Simon St.Laurent

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