Re: Dissillusioned about interoperability.
On Thu, 7 Oct 1999, Simon St.Laurent wrote: > 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. I've been playing today with using XSL stylesheets to map arbitrary XML dialects into the RDF resource/property/value world. Seems quite feasible; took me (XSL newbie) at most a couple of hours from downloading XT (an XSL processor) and re-reading the XSL spec to having something that could take Netscape Netcentre's RSS data format (http://my.netscape.com/publish/) and output XML/RDF using the Dublin Core RDF property set. Doesn't feel like rocket science, though I've no real feel for the expressiveness of XSL. For other ways of writing similar data (eg. Microsoft CDF channels would be a good example) I'd just need to write a different XSL file. I could transform into either the same data model (directed labelled graphs) or into same data model _and_ same vocabulary (ie. use Dublin Core's notion of title/description/subject/date etc instead of Netscape or Microsoft's...). This feels like a nice spectrum of interoperability scenarios to be exploring... Dan 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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