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Re: Never mind the browser, let's do MicroXML

  • From: Liam R E Quin <liam@w3.org>
  • To: Uche Ogbuji <uche@ogbuji.net>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2010 12:19:20 -0500

Re:  Never mind the browser
On Thu, 2010-12-16 at 09:18 -0700, Uche Ogbuji wrote:
> I do want to put one thing to bed: All this Vendor Capitalist Apprentice
> robot parroting of "what's the business case? Huh? Huh?"  Most of us work on
> XML tools, at various levels of the stack.  I've implemented at one time or
> another dozens of XML specifications.  The cost in unnecessary complexity of
> all this work is staggering.  For my part, I would love to have a path
> towards simplifying this work in the long term, even if it meant some added
> difficulty in the short term.  I can tell you from engagement with users
> that XML and some of its support standards as they are right now really
> introduce inefficiency all over the place.  It's not just having to again
> once a week explain why folks are failing to match default namespaced
> elements from XPath and the like.  It's all the cruft cases these lead to in
> the code.
> So nobody who matters for MicroXML should need some spiffy business case.

Actually you just gave one.

When I asked, what is the business case for the work, that's exactly the
sort of answer I wanted - who will benefit and how and why - and the
reason for asking is that it determines the focus of the work, and gives
a way to measure if you're succeeding.



Liam Quin - XML Activity Lead, W3C, http://www.w3.org/People/Quin/
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