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Re: Where is XML going

  • From: Ben Trafford <ben@prodigal.ca>
  • To: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@ibiblio.org>
  • Date: Sun, 05 Dec 2010 14:11:36 -0800

Re:  Where is XML going
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.

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.


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