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Re: KML is very extensible ... but why?

  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Date: Sun, 22 Apr 2018 18:04:01 -0400

Re:  KML is very extensible ... but why?
On 4/22/2018 5:50 PM, Patrick Durusau wrote:

Well, let's say you create an extension to a popular word processing format that provides enhances the content, but only if used with your software.

Isn't that a form of vendor lock-in, even if practiced by an individual contractor?

No.  Every use of XML is talking to yourself in a form convenient for certain processing tools.  Assuming that the rest of the world should understand your mumblings is a strange (if often profitable) conceit.

There are so many options for vendor lock-in beyond file formats these days that I don't think leaving a schema open deserves a mention.

Being mindful of a Netware installation many years ago where the "backup" copy of the boot disk was in fact delivered blank. Not discovered until after the contractor had pulled up stakes and moved to Arizona.

True, you could still read the XML but the costs of re-creating a one-off application from scratch could be, not necessarily would be, prohibitive.


If the XML was especially deranged, and you needed every detail of what it might have meant, perhaps.  At some point obfuscated markup resembles encryption.  (That can be true even with a complete schema and documentation, though people tend to confess such things only in bars.)

Normally, though, it's just an extraction problem, amenable to guesses and XSLT (or similar).

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Sunshine and jetlag. Who could ask for more?


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