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Re: Where is XML going

  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: Ben Trafford <ben@prodigal.ca>
  • Date: Sun, 05 Dec 2010 18:18:29 -0500

Re:  Where is XML going
On 12/5/10 5:11 PM, Ben Trafford wrote:
> On Sun, 2010-12-05 at 16:04 -0500, Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
>> useful outside of the web browser, that would still be a success. At
>> this point I have no expectations that XML will be used directly in
>> the browser. That ship has sailed. (though I do feel compelled to note
>> that XML failed on the web not because XML was the wrong answer. XML
>> on the Web failed due to misfeasance by both browser vendors and the
>> W3C.)
> Very similar arguments were made 15 years ago when the XML efforts were
> underway. "The SGML ship has sailed." That wasn't a good reason to
> ignore the issue then, and it isn't now.

Well, except that we tried and didn't get much traction.  I'm not sure 
why you expect a different result.

> In addition, as I've already pointed out, browsers support all the
> behaviors I've described, and XML already has -some- support in
> virtually every browser. This is low-hanging fruit.

Low-hanging fruit in its current form, but low-hanging fruit in 
convincing browser vendors to add to their fairly grudging XML support? 
Have you spent much time around the brutal wit of the HTML5 crowd?

Simon St.Laurent

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