an unfilled need

Paul Prescod paul at
Thu Sep 9 15:50:04 BST 1999

Sean Mc Grath wrote:
> <Package>
>  <program language="Python">
>   Bank.Debit ( (bllrp.zata * rte.w )/ GoldenRatio )
>  </program>
> <data>
>  <bllrp zata="-1">
>   <poiuk>112</poiuk>
>   <pppzzz>g</pppzzz>
>   <ttt>xxx<rte w="3"/></ttt>
>   </bllrp>
>  </data>
> </Package>
> This approach will get you there a lot faster than
> waiting for the "bank debit golden ratio rte interest group"
> to finalize their declarative syntax for what the bllrp
> element really means...

All you've done is shifted the problem from document type design to API
design. Now you need the "bank debit golden ration rte interest group"
to standardize their Bank objects and Debit methods. And anyhow, why
bother with XML then? You might as well have said:

<program language="Python">
  data = bllrp( zata=-1, poiuk=112, pppzzz="g", ttt="xxx" )
  Bank.Debit ( (bllrp.zata * rte.w )/ GoldenRatio )

Which is exactly what Javascript programmers do today...

 Paul Prescod

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