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Re: Meeting this week

On Mon, Aug 21, 2000 at 10:49:07PM -0400, Jordan Bettis wrote:
> On Mon, 21 Aug 2000, Steven Pritchard wrote:
> > Tim said:
> > > Is there a topic that will be discussed at the next meeting?
> > 
> > Of course!
> > 
> > I don't know what it is, but there will be a topic.  ;-)
> > 
> > (Suggestions welcome.)
> How about XML? I keep hearing about it, but I don't really understand
> it. Is it like Microsoft's stupid 'SOAP' thing? Where other data is
> transported over HTTP? IMHO, that seems completely pointless. The point of
> TCP/IP is to provide a data-independent transport layer, if you create
> another over HTTP, then it's TCP/IP over HTTP over TCP/IP.

No.  XML is as related to HTTP as Postscript is related to a parallel
cable.  Sure, it *can* be transmitted over that medum, but it doesn't
have to be.  Look at www.xml.org.  The "Extensible Markup Language"
is really fairly neat, and was likely discussed at that meeting that
I also didn't make it to (stupid moving taking all my darn time).

--Danny, who might actually make it to the next one...
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