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  • It has been around how long now and how many people have actually figured out how to use it and what to use it for? Stick with TeX and LaTeX and wait for the fad to blowover.

    • OK, if you're really not trolling...

      Lots of people are using XML. Lots of people are using XML successfully. More importantly perhaps, lots of people are using XML unsuccessfully because they have overblown expectations of it (a.k.a. hype).

      But XML, in the document management field and elsewhere, works. I can write a book for O'Reilly in DocBook, and they can chuck it through their processing toolset and have a book come out the other end. I can use SAX tool suites to process DBI and Excel files the sam
      • Power is often passed over for simplicity as nature favours the path of least resistance...this would not be XML. DTDs are stupefying and the mess of CPAN modules is beyond even my ability to figure out which goes where when and how. I have lurked for many moons on the XML list and I have yet to really understand who and what are in which ring of the circus.

        I don't think people have lofty expectations I just think they're as confused as I am as to what this blob of stuff is really supposed to do and how to use it to do whatever 'it' might be. I still use TeX and I use Frame which can generate XML or SGML if needed but I've not had any cause to use it.

        I think XML would have a lot more success if it wasn't seemingly all over the map, if DTDs seemed sane and if there was some focus instead of a lot of different people saying a lot of different things about what XML is and why the lot of confused people such as myself might give it a second thought. XML gives me that same feeling punchcards did...there's got to be something better than this.