Why I Hate Palmtops (was: Re: SGML, XML and SML)

Paul Prescod paul at prescod.net
Sat Nov 27 11:06:00 GMT 1999

Mark Baker wrote:
> At 09:42 AM 11/25/99 +0100, Paul Prescod wrote:
> >Cell phones must increasingly deal with structured information.
> >Therefore cell phones need to deal with XML.
> Agreed, but that doesn't answer the question of "Why XML?".  

Well that wasn't so much the question that was asked...rev-bob is
obsessed with people who want to read books and entire websites on their
palmtops. I don't see that as the primary target market for XML on
plamtops and cell phones.

> What if I want to send a web page or
> vCard or whatever to another cell phone via IR or Bluetooth, where there's
> no proxy available?  That's where a well-deployed standard matters, and
> *that's* "Why XML?".

Well there is no well-deployed standard for cell-phone to cell-phone
structured information so I think you're still begging the question. Why
not a new standard? And I think that comes down to politics and
sociology, not technology.

 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for himself
"I don't want you to describe to me -- not ever -- what you were doing
to that poor boy to make him sound like that; but if you ever do it
again, please cover his mouth with your hand," Grandmother said.
	-- John Irving, "A Prayer for Owen Meany"

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