Patrick reminds me how similar the “XML is a universal solution” position is to the that of SOAP as similarly universal. In both cases, the premise is that by being independent of data models (for XML) and application interfaces (for SOAP), broad applicability is achieved.

Now contrast this with the Web/Semantic-Web position, that by constructing a generic data model and generic application interface, broad applicability is achieved.

Two interesting hypotheses, for sure. If only we had some objective manner to evaluate them!

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