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Our weekly reports from the XML developer mailing lists.

As many developers simply don't have time to participate fully in the mailing lists, we bring you weekly highlights from the cutting edge of XML. Our primary focus is on the XML-DEV list, but we also report on the other XML discussion forums.

The More Things Change
In the final XML-Deviant column, Micah Dubinko offers a retrospective of XML and discusses some of the enduring topics of debate in the XML-developer community.
[Sep. 14, 2005]

Agile XML
Micah Dubinko catches up with the XML-developer community with an examination of the Agile XML manifesto.
[Aug. 31, 2005]

Composition
In his latest XML-Deviant column, Micah Dubinko suggests that composing independent specifications is trickier than it seems.
[Jul. 20, 2005]

Apple Watch
Micah Dubinko examines how Apple is influencing XML and RSS, for better and for worse.
[Jul. 13, 2005]

Life After Ajax?
Micah Dubinko says that the way Ajax technologies are presently deployed will eventually run into complexity barriers. It's time, he claims, for more declarative, markup-based alternative strategies.
[Jun. 29, 2005]

Specification Proliferation
Micah Dubinko examines the problem of specification proliferation and looks to a similar area — open source software licensing — for possible solutions.
[Jun. 15, 2005]

XTech 2005
Micah Dubinko's XML-Deviant column summarizes the highpoints of XTech 2005, the recent European XML conference.
[Jun. 1, 2005]

Forming Consensus
In his latest XML-Deviant column, Micah Dubinko outlines a plan for combining the XForms and Web Forms 2.0 communities.
[May. 11, 2005]

Forming Opinions, Part 3
In this week's XML-Deviant column, Micah Dubinko concludes his three-part foray into Web Forms 2.0.
[May. 4, 2005]

Forming Opinions, Part 2
In his latest column, Micah Dubinko continues his foray into Web Forms 2.0.
[Apr. 27, 2005]

Forming Opinions
In his latest XML-Deviant column, Micah Dubinko takes an initial look at Web Forms 2.0.
[Apr. 20, 2005]

April Fool's Wisdom
In this week's XML-Deviant column, Micah Dubinko reminds us that even playful messages to the XML-DEV mailing list have a serious footing.
[Apr. 13, 2005]

On Practical Elegance
In his latest XML-Deviant, Micah Dubinko investigates the hidden meaning behind several permathreads found on the XML-DEV mailing list.
[Apr. 6, 2005]

What Are Microformats
Micah Dubinko asks what microformats are and whether they are here to stay.
[Mar. 23, 2005]

Deconstructing Certification
Micah Dubinko asks what business and personal value XML certification might have.
[Mar. 16, 2005]

Models with Character
Micah Dubinko tallies up the score in the new W3C specification, called "charmod" colloquially, about the use of Unicode in XML applications.
[Mar. 9, 2005]

The Google Wake-Up Call
Micah Dubinko explains how Google's excellent assembly of existing pieces is raising the bar for everyone else.
[Feb. 23, 2005]

What Next, XML?
Micah Dubinko debuts as the new XML-Deviant columnist with a look at the recent debate about the future of XML. Will there ever be an XML 2.0?
[Feb. 16, 2005]

XQuery's Niche
XQuery has been much hyped, but is it sufficiently different from XSLT to be successful? Edd Dumbill follows a debate looking for XQuery's niche.
[Dec. 29, 2004]

The Cost of XML
The apparent overhead of using XML is once more in the spotlight, as is the financial overhead of using eBay's web services. Edd Dumbill reports.
[Dec. 15, 2004]

On Folly
XML-oriented programming languages? Crazy! The Semantic Web? Nuts! Or perhaps not. Edd Dumbill on how the crackpots were right all long.
[Dec. 8, 2004]

Faster, Faster!
Edd Dumbill reports on debate about making XML faster and leaner and offers the opportunity to send nominations for this year's XML Anti-Awards.
[Dec. 1, 2004]

XML 2004: From the Exhibition Floor
Simon St. Laurent reports from the exhibition floor of the XML 2004 conference in Washington, DC.
[Nov. 19, 2004]

XML, the Web, and Beyond
XML community coverage; browser technology and open content join traditional XML topics in the new-look XTech 2005 conference; plus debate on when multiple schemas are the best way forward.
[Nov. 10, 2004]

How Do I Hate Thee?
Find out everyone's top five dislikes about XML, and get to the bottom of exactly why namespaces tops the list.
[Nov. 3, 2004]

Linkin' Park
One of the original trinity of XML specs, XML linking has largely failed. Can, and should, we fix it?
[Oct. 27, 2004]

Notes and XQueries
Why is XQuery taking seven years to develop? And what's an XML spec worth these days, anyway? Lively debate from the world of XML.
[Oct. 20, 2004]

Not Evil, Just Smelly
Hypertext guru Ted Nelson reckons XML is evil. XML folk reckon Nelson is mad. But is there truth in what he says?
[Oct. 6, 2004]

Lady and the Tramp
If XML's the Lady, then RSS is the Tramp. But while RSS is energetically being refined and embraced, the Lady's ossifying rapidly.
[Sep. 29, 2004]

RDF Roundup
Edd Dumbill's report on XML community discussions covers how to write XML documents as RDF models and more incredulity at the WS-* web services specifications.
[Sep. 22, 2004]

Fallacy and Lunacy
In his regular look at the world of XML, Edd Dumbill uncovers the fallacies of XML Schema usage, and scoffs at the lunacy of SOAP.
[Sep. 1, 2004]

Constraining Validation
What's the difference between validation and business rules? XML developers discuss how and why to use them.
[Aug. 25, 2004]

All Roads Lead to RDF
A recent article by Mark Nottingham suggests that RDF may well be the answer to the difficulties inherent in specifying web services with W3C XML Schema. Edd Dumbill reports.
[Aug. 11, 2004]

Misconceive Early, Misconceive Often
Our XML community column examines the fallout from Mark Pilgrim's claim that XML on the Web has failed; plus the emerging use of an alternative to URIs in RDF.
[Aug. 4, 2004]

Caveat Incumbent
Is XHTML an evil intrusion into the Web by religious lunatics from the cult of XML? And does XML-ification really help anyway?
[Jul. 28, 2004]

Browser Boom
Edd Dumbill reports on the boom in web-browser innovation as well as Mozilla and Opera's mysterious desertion of the W3C as a forum.
[Jul. 14, 2004]

Eternal Refactoring
A summary of the latest happenings in the XML and RDF developer communities: refactoring specifications, Amazon wishlists in RDF, and XML as art.
[Jul. 7, 2004]

Mozilla and Opera Renew the Browser Battle
Mozilla and Opera have joined together to drive forward browser standards, in an effort to head off the threat from Microsoft's .NET plans -- and route around a lagging W3C.
[Jun. 16, 2004]

Something Useful This Way Comes
The Semantic Web appears to be powering ahead: so why are there so many doubters in the XML world?
[Jun. 9, 2004]

The Courtship of Atom
The Atom syndication specification may move to a new home at the W3C. We look at the advantages this would bring to all concerned.
[May. 19, 2004]

Politics By Any Other Name
The recent News.com interview with Bob Glushko spawned a rash of debate among XML developers. The topic? Standards, of course! Kendall Clark offers his own views, and reports on the surrounding community debate.
[May. 12, 2004]

PyCon 2004: Making Python Faster and Better
Highlights from the annual gathering of Python developers. Including news of Python 2.4, Python on the .NET CLR, web programming and more.
[Mar. 31, 2004]

Semantic Web Interest Group
Reporting from the first W3C Semantic Web Interest Group meeting in Cannes, France, Kendall Clark describes the wealth of activity in the semantic web world.
[Mar. 3, 2004]

Community Developments
After its long focus on the W3C TAG, the XML-Deviant returns its gaze to the XML developer world, taking in developments in RDDL and the new "genx" project.
[Feb. 25, 2004]

Reviewing Web Architecture: Conclusions
Kendall Clark concludes his review of the W3C TAG's Architecture of the World Wide Web document, covering good practice in the separation of form from content and the use of XML vocabularies.
[Feb. 11, 2004]

Web Architecture Review: Representation
Kendall Clark continues his look at the W3C Technical Architecture Group's "Architecture of the World Wide Web." This time he examines the third of the key architectural principles set forth in this document: data formats.
[Feb. 4, 2004]

Competing Claims and Interaction Types
Continuing his review of the W3C's Architecture of the World Wide Web document, Kendall Clark looks further at the principles set out governing interactions on the web.
[Jan. 28, 2004]

Interacting with Resources: Web Architecture Review
Continuing his review of the W3C TAG's Architectural Principles of the World Wide Web document, Kendall Clark examines what the document has to say about interacting with web resources.
[Jan. 21, 2004]

Concluding, Unscientific Postscript: Web Resource Identification
In his ongoing review of the W3C Technical Architecture Group's Architecture of the World Wide Web document, Kendall Clark discusses URI ambiguity, URI opacity and fragment identifiers.
[Jan. 14, 2004]

Reviewing Web Architecture: Identification
Continuing his review of the W3C Technical Architecture Group's "Architecture of the World Wide Web", Kendall Clark focuses on the the web's addressing scheme, the URI.
[Jan. 7, 2004]