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Re: SV: SV: [xml-dev] XML=WAP? And DOA?
Date: 1/17/2002 7:50:00 AM
Gavin Thomas Nicol wrote: > > A lot of it also has to do with simplicity, both perceived and > > actual. S-expressions are not simple, at least not to the man on the > > street. > > And XML is? At least perceived to be simpler than S-expressions. > S-expressions are probably easier to write tools for, and > as descriptive as XML. That might be, but they're harder to approach in the first place. I admit to being thoroughly ignorant of S-expressions, but when I looked at a few examples on the Web, my reaction was, "Oh, this looks like a programming language. I wonder how you use it?" On the other hand, when I first looked at XML (or, to be fair, HTML, which was my first markup language), I had no such problems. It was very easy to read and, because of the tags (which, of course, aren't self-describing ;) guess at what would happen when you fed it to a browser. The simplicity may be deceptive, but it helps suck in the man on the street. > Of course, XML wins because the tools already > exist... Yep, due in no small part to lots of us being sucked in by apparent simplicity :) -- Ron