XML *should* be boring

Don Park donpark at quake.net
Fri Sep 11 19:55:43 BST 1998

>If we do our job as well as the TCP/IP people did, users should hardly
>notice that XML exists -- after all, we're supposed to help them do
>their work, not draw attention to our own.

I agree entirely from engineering point of view.  However, there are times
when absurd notions are needed to get things going.  XML must serve as a
rallying point, a waving flag, national anthem, a cure-all, an extra sticker
on the box, a true-blue hype of the decade so that the bull#$@# will be
spread evenly across the horizon and fertilize the soil for things to come.

Most things we take for granted now have gone through a great deal of hyping
as if going through a rites of passage.  It happened with TCP/IP and it is
happening with XML.


Don Park

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