Article on XML (and CML)
I have just posted the following message [to chemweb@i...]: > >Glyn Moody has written an interesting and informative article about XML for >the New Scientist: >http://www.newscientist.com/ns/980530/xml.html > >which spotlights CML among other markup languages. It is factually correct >(not always the case with XML articles :-( )and highlights the challenge of >providing universal semantics and metadata. One of the concerns (Mark >Pesce, VRML) is that XML could lead to 'Balkanisation' of the Web, through >designers sticking to their own tags. I take the opposite view - there >could hardly be anything much worse than the current syntactic and semantic >chaos in chemical informatics. > >One area of particular interest is schemata for metadata. Ora Lassila >(Nokia) notes that "it takes a long time to get enough representatives from >any community to agree on anything" and "expects that rough and ready >schemata will become standards by default simply because people will start >using them". > >There are many quotes from supporters, ending with P.G.Bartlett (ArborText): >"XML will provde to be one of the top ten technological innovations of the >first century of computing". I'll buy that. > It covers a wide range of subjects - has quotes from several members of this list - and highlights the semantic/namespace challenge (not with those terms). It is also one of the first to appear in a scientific/technical journal and hopefully should promote responses from that community. 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...)
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