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Re: Why Don't 'We' Talk about XML ???

From: Stefan Monnier
Subject: Re: Why Don't 'We' Talk about XML ???
Date: Wed, 19 May 2004 17:52:59 GMT
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>> Right.  readability is only mentioned as part of
>> XML documents should be human-legible and reasonably clear.
>> and only after
>> XML shall be compatible with SGML.

> Yes, but come on.  We are talking about a document that in many ways can
> replace the use of SQL databases.   An XML document is far more readable
> than a binary database file -- wouldn't you say ?

I never said it's not readable.  Just that readability is not the main
concern.  Having a "self-describing" "text" representation is the main
concern.  Readability is pretty secondary.

And I'm not saying is a problem of XML, given that it's almost never
edited/read in its ASCII form anyway (other than for debugging and a few
weirdos like me who insist on editing their environment.plist and foo.xhtml
by hand in a text editor).


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