Use cases for XML failure (was Re: #2 Re: [SML] Whether to support Attribute or not?)

Gavin Thomas Nicol gtn at
Sat Nov 27 23:27:46 GMT 1999

> My experience with the DOM WG *and* my recent day jobs  is
> similar -- the least useful parts of XML cause the most work for people
> supporting it. Both CDATA sections and external parsed entities caused
> *massive* amounts of work and contention for us in devising the DOM API.

Sure, so what? I was part of those battles, and I don't see the relevance.

Come up with some use cases where XML simply *cannot* be deployed in a
handheld device, and SML could, and I might even start to see the point
of SML. I'd be more convinced if you projected the technological trends
over a year or two, and could still have the same use-case a year from

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