From: David Cantrell Date: 11:38 on 09 Jan 2004 Subject: XML makes me angry Once upon a time, many years ago, there was a specification called XML, which was mostly based on SGML, and it was good. Documents in the format specified were easy to read. But nowadays whenever anyone mentions XML they don't mean that. They mean what came next. You see, the crack-monkeys were set loose. XML wasn't complicated enough, so they added namespaces, and schemas, and XSLT (which has to be one of the stupidest ideas of all time, a programming language with even more brackets than lisp, even less maintainable than the worst perl, and with even more mutually incompatible bug-ridden implementations than java) and a thousand other Xrandomletters and so forth. Now, I hear that schemas are being deprecated in favour of some new and exciting way of making my brane hurt. Please dear god give me back my DTDs! But this is hates-software, not hates-idiots-on-standards-committees. I hate XML software because it is either simple to use and understand but barfs on any document which attempts to conform to the current specs (that is, almost any document); or is bloated, bug-ridden, poorly documented and has a zillion dependencies all of which are themselves hateful.
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