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Re: Is XML getting too hard?
Date: 8/19/1998 1:49:00 PM
At 10:25 19/08/98 +1000, James Robertson wrote: [...] >I apologise in advance for the low information content of >this message. It's just that I've been lurking on this list >for a while now, while keeping busy implementing practical >SGML solutions ... and I think I've reached the "straw that >broke the camel's back". > Don't feel the need to apologise. So long as something constructive arises that is all that XML-DEV cares about. [...] > >Instead, lets pour all our efforts into releasing XML-aware >software. Make it a standard first before aiming for the >moon ... > I have great sympathy with this. There is no doubt that multiple independent variant semi-conforming parallel semi-implementations of all these specs would kill XML. In practice I think we have to: - have implementations of XML that are either FEW or completely interchangeable. The latter is critically dependent on public activity and involves APIs, freeware, portable s/w (i.e. not platform-specific), examples and tutorials. - develop in a modular fashion, use layering, develop APIs. - do nothing that isn't necessary. - get some simple tools out to prove the XML concept. Editing and browsing are clearly key. I personally share this feeling of being overwhelmed, but postings like James Clark's today [early free releases of XSL and WD] may just about work for me. But I have had 2-3 years to learn XML and I spend a lot of time on it... P. Peter Murray-Rust, Director Virtual School of Molecular Sciences, domestic net connection VSMS http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/vsms, Virtual Hyperglossary http://www.venus.co.uk/vhg xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)