Soapbox, Humans should not have to grok XML
Answers to the question "When shouldn't you use XML?"
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Date archived: May 14, 2019 | 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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