[unrev-II] XML accessibility

From: N. C a r r o l l (ncarroll@hastingsresearch.com)
Date: Fri Feb 02 2001 - 17:36:17 PST

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    From: Eric Armstrong <eric.armstrong@eng.sun.com>


    > * A binary file format is defined for fast
    > parsing and validation.
    > --Hmmm. Double-edged sword here. The ease of
    > accessing and editing XML is, like HTML, a
    > large part of its popularity.

    I'm not sure that's an issue. XML is going to need much
    more powerful editors than HTML does, what with its
    more rigorous validity requirements (not to mention the
    immense size of some XML docs compared to HTML
    docs). So the XML-head will probably be working one
    step removed from the actual markup anyway. As long
    as such editors allow an optional view/edit of the raw
    markup, XML should remain fairly accessible.

    Somebody *better* write good XML editors. Text editors
    with a dab of colored text aren't going to handle XML much

    (Of course the editors had better be cheap. $150 for
    XMLSpy would not constitute easy access to someone
    earning $50/week.)


    Nicholas Carroll
    Travel: ncarroll@iname.com

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