Re: Dissillusioned about interoperability.
At 05:13 PM 10/7/99 -0600, Kent Sievers wrote: >A tool like, say, a markup language other than XML? One that only had one >way to mark up a simple name/value pair? That is what we left behind. We haven't left anything behind yet, not by a long run. What I'm talking about is a tool that would let you map: everybody else's damn structures -> my structures where you'd set things up so that you could create mappings one time, and then your processor could identify incoming structures and map them to what _you_ want. If you only want name/value pairs structured one way, that's fine. You can do this kind of work with transformations like XSLT and architectural forms. What I haven't seen so far is something that lets people take 'random' XML documents and say 'make it look like this' in a general way without requiring major pain and suffering, which I suspect is the root of your disillusionment. Even if such a tool only handled simple cases, it could do a lot of good if it had a reasonable interface and easy automation. Mike Hatalski pointed out IBM's XML Translator Generator - it's one option, though I'd like to see it given a prettier face. http://www.alphaworks.ibm.com/aw.nsf/techmain/5F60964153C4274788256776006817AA I'm not ready to force the world into a single model for name-value pairs, sorry. Simon St.Laurent XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed. Building XML Applications Inside XML DTDs: Scientific and Technical Sharing Bandwidth / Cookies http://www.simonstl.com 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/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 To unsubscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; unsubscribe 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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