[xquery-talk] why do you care what other people think ?

Liam R E Quin liam at w3.org
Mon May 20 07:49:25 PDT 2013

On Mon, 2013-05-20 at 09:46 -0400, David Sewell wrote:
> [...]

>  it 
> is almost inconceivable that the projects I have worked on for the last decade 
> could have been achieved as well as they have without XQuery and the tools built 
> upon it (notably Saxon, MarkLogic, and the oXygen editor/IDE).

XML is about who owns your data - you, or an application. This tends to
mean that programmers (who want to own all the data) tend to hate it.
But it also means that XML and the related technologies are often
bridges that people who do not consider themselves programmers can
cross. Or perhaps they are fords where you might get your feet wet just
a little, but you don't have to swim.

We often forget this when we are working on the specs. Maybe we should
try and have WG meetings co-hosted at the adh or mls conference (or even
with the tei member meeting).

I have always been in love with the digital humanities work, from early
TEI days and before.

The humanities projects are not well-funded, generally, but the work
they do will live on when the rest of us are forgotten.


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