in reply to XML overhyped (was: XML)
Istr once reading in a "quick explanation of XML" (can't remember where precisely it was, sorry) that the author made the point that programmers often design file formats without hardly thinking about it: configuration files, state files, document files...
The point is, XML allows for a common structure for most of these one-time formats that autmatically gives benefits such as:
- common parsers, with strong syntax (well-formedness) checking
- parsers in essentially every language out there
- handles character escaping, and specifying character sets
- well-defined way of expressing hierarchies
- a way of specifying semantics in a machine-readable manner for futher checking (DTDs)
( as an example (or indeed a shameless plug), I wrote make_photos which uses XML as an input file- and imho it's perfectly suited, and much better than the text file I used for the script's first incarnation)
I think that most of the "XML Powering YOUR Website!" stuff applies to technology built on top of XML, not XML itself. Which is misleading, but fairly typical marketroid-speak.