Great controversies of XML

Simon St.Laurent simonstl at
Fri Jan 14 00:46:56 GMT 2000

At 03:09 PM 1/13/00 -0800, Andrew Layman wrote:
>Maybe Namespaces should occupy the top five slots. :-)

#1 was originally Namespaces, Namespaces, Namespaces, but I thought maybe
that was a little harsh.  But maybe not!

David Megginson wrote:
>verbosity (binary formats and compression), mixed
>content, schema/DTD repositories, comments, processing instructions,
>character encodings, data typing, document and schema composition, the
>single root element, required end tags, packaging multi-part
>documents, etc. etc.

Er, uh, yeah.  That's a fine list.  I was thinking a little more in terms
of using XML than what went in the spec (otherwise I'd include notations
and unparsed entities), but that's got lots.

I wish I was better at coming up with nice phrases like 'data kidnap' and
'data lockout' to keep up with Rick Jelliffe, but we're off to a fine start!

Simon St.Laurent
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