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  • From: Michael Kay <mike@saxonica.com>
  • To: Ghislain Fourny <gfourny@inf.ethz.ch>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:44:16 +0100

Re:  XML vs JSON
> A document-oriented XML document looks more like an HTML page with mixed content, XHTML and docbook being two prominent examples:
> <paragraph>This is <bold>bold</bold> text and this is <italic>italic</italic> text</paragraph>

I like to say that the defining characteristic of pure document-oriented XML (I sometimes call it "narrative XML") is that if you remove the markup, you are left with meaningful human-readable text.

And I always felt that the reason XML became so popular was not its ability to handle pure narrative XML, but its ability to mix structured data and textual narrative in a single message. So often (consider a CV/resume) you want to handle both at the same time. XML thus brought document processing capability to the data processing masses; and by reverting to JSON, the data processing masses are saying "that's too difficult for us to cope with".

Michael Kay

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