The XML Illusion

One of the things that people tout as a strength of XML is its “human-readability”. But we pay a big price, in terms of CPU, bandwidth, and storage, for the terabytes of XML that are parsed, shuffled, and stored without a human eye ever reading them.

By the way, you ever tried to read some of the stuff that comes out of, say, OpenOffice? To call it human-readable is a bit overstated. And don’t get me started on XML-based scripting languages! I mean it, don’t!

One comment

  • 2006/06/20 - 23:55 | Permalink

    Good point. I have tried to read XML and I usually just give up. I can’t be bothered, since I usually don’t have enough motivation (that is, it isn’t job related so I shift my focus elsewhere). I never thought about the CPU, bandwidth & storage aspect.

    Thanks for making me think today. Sometimes I go for weeks without doing it. 🙂

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