"The language of the internet"
Posted Dec 1, 2005 23:21 UTC (Thu) by giraffedata
In reply to: "The language of the internet"
Parent article: When Is a Standard Truly Open? - When It's Universal, Reflections on Massachusetts and Microsoft's XML
kevinbsmith's point is that nobody is talking about Microsoft extensions to XML; the article is flawed. They're talking about Microsoft extending something else. I would like to know what that is, and if it is a standard that has a name.
XML is not a language for writing documents, like HTML is. But I see a lot of people use the term "XML" as if it is. I suppose it's the same kind of mistake that leads people to use "IDE" (the technology of packaging a disk controller with the disk drive) as if it were a protocol for attaching a disk device to a computer. (In particular, they're thinking of the protocol called "ATA", one of many protocols that are implemented by IDE disk devices).
So does anyone know: Is there some XML-based document standard that Massachusetts is considering adopting? Does it have a name? Is there a Microsoft alternative, and does it have name?
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