At 09:24 AM 9/13/00 -0400, Mark Crawford wrote:
>the boon of XML is its extensibility. The bane of XML is its extensibility.
>I don't care one bit what your vocabulary is if you are using XML in human to
>computer, or if you are only using it within your firewall, but if you are
>using it in eBusiness computer to computer then the only way XML will ever
>succeed is if cross-industry business standards are developed. Rosettanet,
>OASIS, ebXML, ANSI ASC X12, and UN/EDIFACT are working this angle. If and
>when any of them succeed, and XML really delivers on its promise for
>eBusiness, has yet to be determined.
This is all true. But it's also worth asking "what promise for eBusiness,"
and in particular "whose promise." The XML spec doesn't mention e-business.
Most of the W3C efforts (still the core of XML standards work) only glance
I'm not saying XML is no good for e-business or wasn't meant for
e-business. There's every reason for XML to be very big in e-business. At
the very least, XML has exposed some of the fundamental issues in building
an e-business infrastructure where everyone can play (Mark listed some; and
this is what Robin C. said). But XML is also about something deeper:
electronic encoding of text-based data in a form that 1. allows separation
of data creation, manipulation, long-term management and
application/interface functionalities from its (mere) presentation, 2. is
platform-independent and non-proprietary, therefore relatively "future
proof" compared to historical encoding formats, and 3. has a solid enough
basis in well-understood standards that it can be supported by the
marketplace as a whole, not just a small support sector.
When something is hyped really hugely, it's natural for there to be a
counter-reaction. Ho hum. A great deal of that Network World article turns
out to be "glass half empty" stuff. Yet some revolutions can be very quiet
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