I think the most important line on the www.json.org page is: "Excepting a few encoding details, that completely describes the language." If someone needs a data representation language and they have the choice of XML or JSON, in the time it takes to be able to say "Right I understand that" with JSON, they probably haven't even found the right web page for XML and most certainly have not got past the bit about parameter entity expansion. Someone mentioned script-kiddies on the list. Actually I think the world is turning into code-kiddies. The new model seems to be, stumble into problem, do Google search, download sample code, move onto next problem. People don't take 6 months to learn a technology before using it. So why don't I just use JSON? Because there's a lot of data out there that can't easily be mapped to JSON. Paraphrasing Metcalfe's law, the richness of your data is proportional to the square of the number of data sources you have. I don't want a JSON island and an XML island. What I want is a format that can losslessly represent all XML documents, including namespaces, and mixed data, but has the simplicity of JSON. Pete Cordell Codalogic Ltd Interface XML to C++ the easy way using C++ XML data binding to convert XSD schemas to C++ classes. Visit http://codalogic.com/lmx/ or http://www.xml2cpp.com for more info
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