Re: SGML and XML
Simon St.Laurent wrote: > The market has spoken that SGML does a great job for managing enormous amounts > of information. It has also spoken that SGML presents enormous barriers to > entry (steep learning curve, cost of development, etc.) that have kept a lot of > people from using it. SGML does a great job in many systems. The "many" there, > however, is a tiny select few compared to the many that a simpler syntax (i.e. > XML) could reach. The scale of those projects is very different from those XML > makes possible. Our company ramped into SGML by doing conversions from one proprietary format to another. Even on relatively small data sets, we frequently used SGML in the middle because tools like OmniMark made it easy to gather semantic information and apply context-sensitive formatting on the down-translate. This meant that many of our clients didn't even know that they used SGML. If you looked at this intermediate data, you would not be able to classify it as SGML or XML - it is both, leaving the only difference the tools that you use to manipulate the data. You sound somewhat bitter about SGML, perhaps due to a large and difficult project, but there are numerous small, simple SGML implementations around as well. I'm not suggesting this approach is necessarily the norm, but nor do I don't think that the delineation between what should be an SGML or XML project is as clear as you imply - in many cases we plan to call the normalised output from an SGML parser XML. Why not? -- Regards Marcus Carr email: mrc@a... _______________________________________________________________ Allette Systems (Australia) email: info@a... Level 10, 91 York Street www: http://www.allette.com.au Sydney 2000 NSW Australia phone: +61 2 9262 4777 fax: +61 2 9262 4774 _______________________________________________________________ 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...)
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