On Fri, 23 Feb 2001 10:52:51 GMT, graham(_dot_)travers(_at_)bt(_dot_)com said:
1) Was your millenia-old data *written in XML*, or was it *converted to*
within the past 5 years?
This is not a valid argument. Egyptian Hieroglyphs were not written
in ASCII either !
Actually, it *is* a valid argument - consider that hieroglyphs were
unreadable until they found the Rosetta Stone. The media lasted, but the
ability to parse didn't.
ASCII has proven to be understandable 40 years after being written.
XML has proven to be understandable 5 years after being written.
Hieroglyphs have proven to be recognizable but not understandable 2000 years
after being written (2000 years placing it just BEFORE the Rosetta Stone
Now, who was saying that you didn't need a DTD to understand the XML? ;)
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