Posting Data Islands

David Megginson david at
Mon Jun 7 19:39:00 BST 1999

Matthew Sergeant (EML) writes:

 > Am I the only person that has come to the conclusion that XML Data
 > Islands are a really bad idea?

I have heard almost no one suggest that they are a good one.

Arguments range from "Microsoft is pushing them so hard that we have
to do something" to "Let's ignore them and they'll go away", but never
(yet) "Wow -- this is the solution I've been waiting for!".

 > I hope MS see it the same way, and deprecate them in favour of
 > namespaces instead.

Or, better yet,

  <object type="text/xml" data="purchase-order.xml" />

(That way, legacy browsers don't have to bother downloading XML they
cannot use, and one XML object can be shared among multiple Web

Is anyone else but MS using these?

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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