Subject: Re: MS discovers S-expressions
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 23 Jan 2004 19:39:04 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Marc Spitzer
> Well XML does not support anything well, even XML.

* Joe Marshall
| Except, perhaps, the toner and paper industries.

  Do not forget the memory and disk and bandwidth and Internet router
  vendors.  Where would we /be/ today if he had software as storage-
  efficient as we had only 10 years ago?  Take the Internet RFC index in
  XML, which has 65% XML and 35% contents.  Back when I did standards,
  the telecom people designed things like ASN.1 with compact encodings
  so they would not waste any /bits/.  Now watch me stumble and lie here
  on Memory Lane while the world rushes by.

Erik Naggum | Oslo, Norway

Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder.
Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.