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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 17:44:31 GMT
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>>> XML is not a binary format.  That means that human readability is a
>>> concern.  And coding conventions etc.
>> If readability were really an issue, I think XML would have been defined
>> differently.

> The design goals for XML are:

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.

so I doubt readability played a significant role in the design: most of the
"not too bad" readability comes from SGML and so does the cruft that makes
it not so hot readbility-wise.


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