Re: Handheld computers
----- Original Message ----- From: Paul Prescod <paul@p...> To: <xml-dev@i...> Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 1999 10:21 AM Subject: Handheld computers > I do think that small devices will be at the centre of > > computing in the next decade (and a mostly MS-free centre, to boot). > > The phrase that set of this hubub is vague enough that one could argue > that it is already true. And to nudge things back on-topic, will typical "post-PC devices" need XML (broadly defined) support? Will they come with XML 1.0 parsers? Are they too memory or CPU constrained to fully utilize XML 1.0? Would having something like SML standardized improve the chances for "XML-like" tools being used on Post-PC devices? There seem to be a range of points of view: 1 - Yes, Post-PD Devices need something like SML because they *will* process (not just display) data and every byte/cycle is precious on such limited devices. If the XML community does not help standardize a simplified subset of XML, then the vendors will go off in their own directions and it will be chaos. 2 - Yes, but XML 1.0 is perfectly well suited for Post-PC devices because it's not really all that bloated and/or the devices will soon have all the power that an XML 1.0 processor would need. Bifurcating the XML standard would lead to chaos. 3 - No, the question is moot. Just because some these devices support specialized XML-based languages such as WML doesn't mean that the devices themselves will need more generalized XML tools; it will all be done on the server side where there is power to spare. SML is pointless, and Don Park will be eating paper for breakfast when he comes to his senses. I personally lean toward 1), but could be persuaded of 2 ... but it's going to be hard to convince me that CDATA sections and external parsed entities are anything better than a necessary evil on a handheld! I think 3) is wrong for the future (although it is clearly today's reality) because historically devices get "smarter", and today's display-only WML phones will evolve toward more intelligent message-processing devices. Thoughts? 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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