Soapbox, Humans should not have to grok XML

Answers to the question "When shouldn't you use XML?"

From the developerWorks archives

Terence Parr

Date archived: December 6, 2016 | First published: August 01, 2001

Today the computing world tends toward using XML for any and all formal specifications and data descriptions. The author, a big fan of XML, asks a blasphemous question: "Is XML totalitarianism a good idea?" In this opinion piece, Terence Parr, co-founder of jGuru, demonstrates that XML makes a lousy human interface. He also provides questions to ask yourself to determine if XML is appropriate even for your project's program-to-program interface needs.

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