What just happened!?
n The whole transfer syntax story just went meta,
that's what happened!
n XML has been a runaway success, on a much
greater scale than its designers anticipated
Not for the reason they had hoped
Because separation of form from content is right
But for a reason they barely thought about
Data must travel the web
n Tree structured documents are a useable
transfer syntax for just about anything
So data-oriented web users think of XML as a
transfer mechanism for their data