It's time for practical XML!
Hi all, I've just finished another couple of hours wading through XML-DEV and XML-L, and I confess my frustration has overtaken me. I don't want to make a big deal about this, but neither do I want it to rest (and from the private mailings I have received in the past from certain key individuals, I know I am not alone). It's time to stop writing standards. I don't want to know about any more *ML languages, however elegant they are. We are now at the stage where new standards are being submitted faster than old ones are being finalised. Now I know it is a lot more fun to talk about the next gee-wiz solutions to the world's problems, but we all need to get stuck into some hard work. A lot of people seem to be trying to hit every target with XML, and most are talking about "finding the killer app". XML does not need a killer app. It is not a solution unto itself. It is a handy tool for doing real-world work. I have not participated in these discussions on the whole, because I have been too busy implmeneting SGML in the workplace, using standard languages and off-the-shelf tools. I want to be able to do the same with XML. What we all need is: * rock-solid XML parsers for every platform under the sun, especially business development tools like: Visual Basic, Delphi, Powerbuilder, etc. * Embedded XML editors for use in business-specific applications. These need to be ActiveX controls, Delphi VCLs and the like. * Thousands of handy little tools that run without virtual machines, or other overhead, with simple interfaces, that make handling XML easy. Most of these solutions need to be commercial, with support, documentation, upgrade plans, bug-fix releases. Business will not use unsupported freeware, and they _will_ pay for the tools they need. There are a lot of _exceedingly_ good developers on this list. To them I say: Please, please, stop writing new specs, and help us all by writing real apps. Cheers, J ------------------------- James Robertson Step Two Designs Pty Ltd SGML, XML & HTML Consultancy http://www.steptwo.com.au/ jamesr@s... "Beyond the Idea" ACN 081 019 623 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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