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Re: [seul-edu] Food for thought regarding M$ and SIF

On Tue, 18 Jan 2000, Bruno Vernier wrote:

> Therefore, no one seems to have an interest in breaking XML.  Yet, I
> predict that if XML does get "broken", it will be broken by the open
> source community,  accidently.  By creating hundreds of permutation on the
> XML theme  (middleware that communicates content and commands between
> applications), the intensely creative open source community is accidently 
> re-creating something not unsimilar to the proprietary and closed data 
> formats it seeks to replace:

Your foresight on this is quite awesome :) I think you are dead on here,
that though today XML seems like it could solve all the worlds problems it
could just exacerbate the old problems in new ways. My biggest problem
personally is on the opposite end of the spectrum. I'm like daily
frustrated with the fact that XML not only hasn't arrived but isn't
anywhere close to being as prolific as I want it to be. I want a printer
and copier to understand XML directly and be able to render it on the fly,
but I'll be lucky to see things doing that in even five years. It looks
like it's going to be another couple of years before we catch up to the
90s :)

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