Fixing what's broke
If I were to get interested in an effort to update XML, it would have to be because I saw a chance to address the what I think is it's biggest problem: It's ugly. And that ugliness is largely a result of it's unnecessary verbosity. Engineers (I'm one) tend to value concision in expression and XML's requirement for named end tags usually just adds noise. Keep the Infoset and XPath. Let me operate on elements, attributes and content with my existing SAX ContentHandlers and XSLT. I find these technologies powerful and useful. We can, though, define a terse alternative syntax, one without angle brackets and named end tags. A syntax that can express element, attributes and content with the same precision but with a lot less typing. Changes to the processing stack can be kept at the very edges: parsing and serialization. Cheers, Bill
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