It's time for practical XML!

Peter Murray-Rust peter at
Sun Oct 4 14:40:35 BST 1998

At 05:26 04/10/98 -0700, Dave Winer wrote:
[... details of WDDX, XML-RPC omitted ...]

>I would argue that XML is about working together. We have tremendous
>respect for [XYZ]. It would be wonderful if we could build applications
>that combine the capabilities of [PQR] and [ABC]. We're inches
>away from this, and a little bit of building on each others' strengths is
>all it takes.

I think this sums up much of what we are trying to do on this list. Without
commenting on the specific case [I haven't looked at the details] the
thrust is that however good a single XML solution developed in isolation
is, we must have interoperability if it's going to be universally used over
the wire. That sometimes happens with single solutions - but often we have
multiple ones. Then the problem has simply shifted from syntax to semantics.


Peter Murray-Rust, Director Virtual School of Molecular Sciences, domestic
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