ENTRIES TAGGED "MicroXML"
FtanML looks for the best of both
Today’s Balisage conference got off to a great start. After years of discussing the pros and cons of XML, HTML, JSON, SGML, and more, it was great to see Michael Kay (creator of the SAXON processor for XSLT and XQuery) take a fresh look at what a markup language should be.
Doing less and more than XML.
It’s easy to forget that XML started out as a simplification process, trimming SGML into a more manageable and more parseable specification. Once XML reached a broad audience, of course, new specifications piled on top of it to create an ever-growing stack.
That stack, despite solving many problems, brings two new issues: it’s bulky, and there are a lot of problems that even that bulk can’t solve.
Two proposals at last week’s Balisage markup conference examined different approaches to working outside of the stack, though both were clearly capable of working with that stack when appropriate.