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Data complexity


What I realized today is: there's a huge side effect that the format has on content access: monopolizing the market for access becomes easier the more complex the content format is.
My point: This should give pause to anyone in the "go-Atom-crowd", including me.

I think most of the go-atom crowd get this, at some level. I'm also certain that every body and organization involved in WS standards gets this, maybe more than most of us. Lock-in through more-complicated-than-it-needs-to-be (in marketing terms, 'rich') data is an old, old strategem. Same for APIs and software processes (try and tell me the CMM is as simple as it can be).

September 12, 2003 10:50 AM


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