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

Simon St.Laurent simonstl at simonstl.com
Fri Sep 11 16:40:16 BST 1998

At 07:22 AM 9/11/98 -0700, Tim Bray wrote:
>At 08:40 AM 9/11/98, Peter Murray-Rust wrote:
>>Or am I right that XML is fundamentally about as boring as the introduction
>>of  TTL or 3-phase electricity - worthy, but manufacturer-level only?
>That might very well be the case. -Tim

If that's the case, we've all lost out, and should tell the magazines to
cool the hype and settle down to more important stories on exciting issues
like stock prices and IPOs.

Oh well.  I guess the revolution's over before it got started.  Could have
reached a much wider audience, but somehow snuffed itself out. Sort of like
SGML, perhaps.

I strongly hope that's _not_ the case, because the stuff just isn't so damn
difficult that you need a CS degree to figure it out.  XML is approachable,
even easy.  There's no reason to lock it in a back room for only the
supposed 'experts' to tinker with it.

Now back to writing a chapter on validation...

Simon St.Laurent
Dynamic HTML: A Primer / XML: A Primer
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