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Wed May 9 07:46:03 CEST 2001
On Mon, 07 May 2001 17:58:48 -0500, Michael Chermside wrote:
> While it is true that XML is overhyped, I agree totally with David. Let your
> mind drift back a few decades...
> <camera loses focus, then focuses in on new scene>
> Jane: This ASCII thing is the greatest thing that's happened to text data
> since the advent of the punch card!
> Carl: Blatant hype. You could already use EBDIC, BCD, or Hollerith. And better
> yet, you can define a binary format. After all, if you're storing (for
> example) dates, or fields like name or address which can contain only A-Z and
> a couple of special characters like "-", then your filesizes can be
> SIGNIFICANTLY decreased by using an task-specific encoding.
John: Blatant hype. You could already use Lisp's S-expressions; it's
exactly like the XML that some clever-clogs will reinvent 40 years in
the future, but easier to use, better in various ways, and available
> However, overhyped though it is, XML is VERY important. Because, like ASCII,
> it is fast becoming a universal standard. And though it solves only SOME of
> the problems of data translation, recognition, and structuring, it DOES solve
Nomina stultorum in parietibus et portis semper videmus. -- Cicero
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