XML is boring (was Re: coming clean with the SGML crowd)

Peter Murray-Rust peter at ursus.demon.co.uk
Fri Sep 11 14:35:58 BST 1998

At 06:28 11/09/98 -0400, Samuel R. Blackburn wrote:
>When asked why I use XML in my programs, I tell folks
>"what HTML is to text, XML is to data." I've found XML to
>be a wonderful solution to exporting data in an easily
>consumable format. I could care less if a browser knows
>how to consume XML.

I share some of this viewpoint, but I'd go further and say that XML is the
only way forward if we wish to *integrate documents and data*. Properly, I
mean. So you could drop a financial report into an XML tool and it would
give you a spread sheet of all the figures and calculate predictions, etc.
[I have more ideas ...].

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