[microformats-discuss] Microformats, REST, and XML
Dr. Ernie Prabhakar
drernie at opendarwin.org
Mon Sep 19 12:26:36 PDT 2005
On Sep 19, 2005, at 12:05 PM, Kevin Marks wrote:
> Another angle on the discussions regarding XML vs XHTML, and
> touching on REST, is the context of use.
> If you are using XML to pass data around between your own
> applications and never touching the web, then the extra degree of
> control gained by constructing your own arbitrary data structure in
> XML may be worth it.
> If however, you are intending to send the data over a webserver,
> using a REST API, then using microformats in XHTML (and in
> particular XOXO) has many benefits:
Fascinating. This is one of the things I've wondered about. In a
world where everybody "grokked" microformats, would there ever be a
need for new (public) XML documents? Or could we do everything with
microformatted XHTML -- and, perhaps, Atom. Certainly, I would think
things like DocBook would make far more sense as a XHTML application
rather than their own XML schema.
This is more than a theoretical question. As you know, Mac OS X
uses property lists (the moral equivalent of XOXO, at least to first
order) for many types of data transport. There's often discussion
about when/where an app should simply use a plist dictionary for data
storage vs. defining a custom XML document type.
What would this list recommend as the best practice (assuming plist =
XOXO for purpose of discussion)?
-- Ernie P.
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