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RE: Dissillusioned about interoperability.

  • From: "Jeffrey E. Sussna" <jes@k...>
  • To: "'Paul Prescod'" <paul@p...>,<xml-dev@i...>
  • Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 13:18:21 -0700

RE: Dissillusioned about interoperability.
Paul,

This is one of the most concise expressions I've ever heard of both the
power and limitations of the entire XML universe. Thank you.

Jeff Sussna

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-xml-dev@i...
> [mailto:owner-xml-dev@i...]On Behalf Of
> Paul Prescod
> Sent: Thursday, October 07, 1999 10:40 PM
> To: xml-dev@i...
> Subject: Re: Dissillusioned about interoperability.
>
>
> Kent Sievers wrote:
> >
> > I am working on a project that is heavily involved with trying
> > to make sense out of data from multiple outside sources.  Years
> > ago when we started out we had our own proprietary way of
> > representing "documents", and had to convert the different
> > formats into ours in order to consume them.
>
> Without getting into philosophy and magic let me point out that you've
> won two things:
>
>  * you know longer have to write parsers for these "properietary
> languages"
>
>  * there are dozens of tools for doing standardized transformations
> between these sorts of languages -- including XSLT
>
> So XML is a nice simple specification that makes your life a
> little bit
> easier. It doesn't magically solve the entire "interoperability
> problem." It solves one little layer. Things like RDF,
> HyTime, XLink and
> so forth solve other (also fairly thin) layers. I'm sorry it
> is so often
> sold as doing more.
>
>  Paul Prescod
>
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