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Re: Status of MicroXML?

  • From: Michael Kay <mike@saxonica.com>
  • To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2010 10:13:04 +0000

Re:  Status of MicroXML?

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   Web developers will embrace XML when they embrace
   the whole package.

   Web developers do not object to XML as means
   of formatting data, i.e., part (a) of the package.

   Web developers do object to the verbose, arcane
   validation languages (b) and the verbose, arcane XML
   programming language (c). Specifically, Web developers
   object to XML Schema and XSLT.

These kind of statements assume far more homogeneity than actually exists. It's like saying "Programmers don't like Erlang".

Web developers range from content designers and content authors who have taught themselves a bit of HTML and Javascript, to professional programmers who are more comfortable with Java and SQL than with anything on the client, via developers whose primary expertise and training is in creating web pages. Within each of these groups, there are communities who like and dislike different technologies; and within each of these, there are some who recognize that their likes and dislikes are subjective and should not affect technology choices, and others who fail to make this distinction. Also, of course, the vast majority of web developers get little say when it comes to selecting the technologies they are using.

There are plenty of examples where a technology that is generally liked is used far less than one that is generally disliked - RNG/XSD being a prime example. There are also many technologies (XSLT being an obvious example) that some people love and others hate (with a silent majority who just use it to do the job in hand, judging it by its effectiveness rather than its aesthetics).

Michael Kay

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