Subject Re: [Firebird-Architect] Firebird and XML
Author Lester Caine
Helen Borrie wrote:

> At 06:18 PM 22/12/2004 +0000, Lester Caine wrote:
>>You even have to PAY to use postcodes over here. So much
>>for the FREE exchange of information via XML :)
> Someone has to pay for all those keystrokes, Lester!!

In theory I already have by way of taxes ;)
A lot of this stuff is 'crown property', which means that it has already
been paid for, and should be accessible if the 'crown' requires us to
use it. But what is happening of cause is that 'private companies' are
'enhancing' the information and then charging for maintaining it, rather
than it being an 'open-source' resource. So we have to pay again (tax
wise) to use what we have already paid for in the first place.

IF XML data exchange is going to work, there should not be a 'tax' on
providing the information. Otherwise there should be a tag for how much
the packet has cost :)

Lester Caine
L.S.Caine Electronic Services