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Chapter 18. XML Technology

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.

Richard Feynman

When Feynman said this in the conclusion of his Minority Report Appendix to the Rogers Commission Report [Rogers86] on the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, it was in reaction to what he saw as NASA's unrealistic assessment of the reliability of the Space Shuttle. However, his conclusion applies equally well to any technology, especially those, like XML, that have been heavily touted.

While I am a big supporter of XML technology – I am writing this book using the latest available version of DocBook XML, Version 5.0 – I am also the first to point out that XML is not a panacea. ...

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