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Subject: [ebxml-dev] Happy birthday, XML!
And on the occasion of XML's recent 5th birthday, the following quote is quite apropos to ebXML and other efforts (UBL, OAGIS, etc): > The five years since XML was released have seen XML become the lingua > franca of the Web. But this universal embrace has not always been > accompanied by a clear understanding of what XML can and cannot do. > What XML cannot do is to magically solve the problem of data > interoperability. XML just provides a framework within which interested > groups can work out agreements about the vocabularies and data > structures to be used in a given domain. The widespread adoption of XML > has created a wonderful infrastructure of standardized tools and > products to support the creation and implementation of such agreements, > but deep down, the job of semantic definition requires the same > grinding committee work that standards groups have been engaged in for > more than a century. > On the other hand, there is relatively little awareness of one big > thing that XML can do: It can play an essential role in freeing users > from the big-vendor hegemony that has ruled the computer industry for > the last 50 years. The ability of user communities to develop their own > data formats is a powerful force for freedom from vendor control. > > --Jon Bosak, Sun Microsystems > From "XML makes its mark": http://news.com.com/2009-1001-983871.html?tag=fd_lede1_hed Happy birthday, XML! Andrzej Jan Taramina Chaeron Corporation: Enterprise System Solutions http://www.chaeron.com
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