Is XML getting too hard?

Jon Knight jon at
Tue Aug 18 17:34:59 BST 1998

On Tue, 18 Aug 1998, Peter Murray-Rust wrote:
> The idea of bundling up many files - promoted by David Megginson - is an
> exciting one. If I could be assured that I could send a jar file to a
> client and they could unbundle it seamlessly and effortlessly then I might
> very well eschew the complexities of namespaces (I'd still use simple
> ones). Effectively each namespaced object would be a file with a unique
> namespace. These could be referenced from the document either as NDATA (am
> I right?) or by XLink.

Does a *.jar file imply that XML is getting tightly bound to Java?  What
about people wanting to use other programming language with XML?  Surely
XML's architecture should be independent of the programming languages used
to implement its tools?

Tatty bye,


#!/usr/bin/perl -- -Whois++-client-in-6-lines-of-Perl -Beat-that-Z39.50! 
use IO::Socket;sub w{$f=shift;$a{$f}=1;($h,$p,$q)=split("/",$f);$s=
IO::Socket::INET->new(PeerAddr=>"$h:$p")||return;print $s "$q\r\n";while(<$s>)
{next if(/^%/);if(/^# SERVER-TO-ASK/){while(<$s>){$x=$1 if/Name: (.*)\r\n$/;$y
=$1 if/Port: (.*)\r\n$/;$f="$x/$y/$q";@j=(@j,$f)if(/^# END/&&!$a{$f})}}else{
print}}close($s)}@j=shift;while(@j){w(pop(@j))}# host/port/query

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