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SRO: Exposing XML Myths

May 27, 2000, 18:07 (0 Talkback[s])

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"In your rush toward buzzword compliance, it's easy to pick up the wrong ideas about XML. We'll straighten it all out for you."

"Extensible Markup Language (XML) is like Silly Putty. Because it reflects and extends whatever it touches, it's easy to get the wrong picture about the underlying substance. Is XML a Web content management tool or a replacement for electronic document interchange? Is it a floor wax or a dessert topping? For newbies, it's hard to tell."

"Because of its extensibility, and a human tendency to "complexify" powerful, simple concepts, XML has been surrounded by misconceptions, making it difficult to get an accurate view of the technology. Before you can grasp what XML is, you first must understand what it isn't. In this article, we'll clarify XML's role by debunking a few of its most common myths."

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