Re: Dissillusioned about interoperability.
>On Thu, 7 Oct 1999, Kent Sievers wrote: >> Even after we have conversions that take care of disagreements over tag names, >data types and allowed values (i.e. the point at which we would expect to reap a >huge benefit from XML) we are still doing as much conversion as when we had our own >proprietary (non-XML) format. >> >> In essence, because XML has been "flexible to the point of a free-for-all" when it comes to representing "simple name/value pairs", we have almost no interoperability. At 11:25 PM 10/7/99 +0100, Dan Brickley wrote: >Sounds like you could've done with some common abstract data model, and >treated all these different syntaxes as alternate ways of shipping the >same facts around. Is that too crass a thing to say? My personal bias is >towards RDF for the common model, but RDF or no, sounds like there's a >need to be up front about there being multiple ways of expressing the >same underlying information... To me, it sounds like you could do with some tools for mapping different data structures that represent similar underlying data structures to a common model. The problem isn't that XML is too flexible; rather, it's that no one has yet built something handy for making "everyone else's representation" into "my representation". It doesn't seem like a light project, but it doesn't seem impossible, either. It'd get you out of: a) having to define all your models in advance b) forcing everyone to use identical representations I wish I had more time, I really do. Anybody else done something like this? 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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