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The XML accomplishment

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XML is a big open-standards victory for users.

  • Freely extensible
    • No tag name limitations
    • No language limitations
  • Human-readable
    • Can maintain data using basic text tools like sed, awk, perl, Word macros
  • Open standard
    • In theory, XML users can't be held hostage to vendor control
  • Easy to implement
    • There will be many powerful, cheap, off-the-shelf commercial XML tools
    • There is already an ever-growing set of free XML tools (almost all of them Java-based)
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XML & JAVA: PORTABLE DATA PORTABLE PROGRAMS

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