RE: hyper XLinks

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From: Anselm Baird-Smith (
Date: Thu Jul 06 2000 - 13:14:43 PDT

God knows I am not an XML lover...However one could argue that your notion
of efficiency is weak: if, for example, the switch to XML enables industries
of all sorts to agree about the semantics of data, then you've acheieved
some efficiency (admitedly not in the general "technical" sense).

I am technically sick of having to use XML (and HTTP for that matters), but
I have to admit that in a non technical sense it does represent some
"progress". The real question is in the balance: on one hand you could
acheieve the same level of progress "the right (technical) way" by educating
"people", on the other hand if XML PR has the same effect you might as well
declare victory.

After all, the wide acceptance of HTTP tells us where that balance is.


-----Original Message-----
From: Adam L. Beberg []
Sent: Thursday, July 06, 2000 12:52 PM
To: v - Mark Kuharich;
Subject: Re: hyper XLinks

On Thu, 6 Jul 2000, v - Mark Kuharich wrote:

> The Web's hyperlinks are undergoing a thorough revision with a newly
> proposed XML specification.

First law of XML:
  XML will grow in complexity until the transmition of a single bit of
  data requires the sum total of the internet's bandwidth to transmit,
  and needs every CPU ever made working together to parse.

Corollary 1:
  If a less efficient way to transmit data exist, all possible efforts
  must be made to find it and implement it as the new standard.

Corollary 2:
  Anyone using an efficient method of data tranfer should be cast out
  as obsolete for using such outdated technology. Anyone you employ
  with this mindset should be fired immediately.

The W3C has been cited for violations of this law and is doing
everything they can to comply ASAP, please stand by...

Apologies for the transmission of this message in the outdated ASCII,
but I only have 1.3GB of disk space free, and was unable to save the XML
version ;)

- Adam L. Beberg
  Mithral Communications & Design, Inc.
  The Cosm Project - -

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