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Re: XML Application Servers

  • From: "Sebastian Schnitzenbaumer" <schnitz@o...>
  • To: mikew@o...
  • Date: Fri, 26 Nov 1999 16:11:56 +0100

fml xml
Hi Mike,

>   >>> On Thu, 25 Nov 1999 10:25:08 +0100,
>   >>> "Matthew" == Matthew Gertner <matthew@p...> wrote:
> 
>   Matthew> A question: who out there is developing applications delivering
>   Matthew> XML from a server platform? How are you doing it?
> 
> I'm using XML as part of a Java servlet-driven framework.  The servlets
> implement the control logic, and interact with EJBs which implement
> business logic and DB access.  
> 
> The servlet collects output data in a hash-table.  Then, I (plan to) run a
> template-processor, which splices this data into existing XML templates,
> constructing an abstract view of the page. The templating system here is
> similar to HTML templating systems like FreeMarker and WebMacro.  Templates
> don't contain logic, just layout.
> 
> Finally XSLT transformtion into HTML, rather than delivering XML to the
> client.
> 
> Has anyone done something similar?

I watched your conversation on XML-dev. I'm leading the Mozquito 
Project and my team is currently planning to develop an IIS 
extension and Apache module similar in function as you described.

Our core technology is the transformation of XML into JavaScript. 
By doing this, we can process new markup languages in existing 
browsers. Currently, we have designed and implemented an XML 
grammar called XHTML-FML, which is XML-based HTML 4 
(XHTML) with 14 additional Forms Markup Language (FML) tags for 
improved web forms and dynamic web pages.

We have extended XHTML so authors do not need to write 
additional functionality in JavaScript/VBScript. Instead, dynamic 
features are now part of HTML, making it easier to author and 
dynamically generate large forms and dynamic web pages on the 
server.

Currently, under http://www.mozquito.org, you can download a 
client-side editor that allows you to write and validate XHTML-FML, 
and when viewing the file in the browser, the XHTML-FML 
document is being automatically transformed into cross-browser 
JavaScript so that the browser can process the 14 additional tags.

While the editor is targetted to web designer and HTML writers who 
wish to develop single, fancy web pages, our next product will be a 
server extension. This will allow to transform pure XML into XHTML-
FML via XSL or DSSSL, and then the XHTML-FML is being 
transformed into cross-browser JavaScript on-the-fly for optimal 
results on version 4 browsers.

FML could be also used to edit XML files in the browser. One could 
think of a scenario where normally an XML file is being transformed 
into plain XHTML, but when someone uses the "administration 
mode", the XML files are transformed into XHTML-FML where every 
text and component becomes a textarea or form control. One could 
then edit the document in the browser, and send the result via 
submit back to the server.

So I justed wanted to ask what your plans are and whether we 
could possibly work together on this, since there seems to be quite 
some overlap between our two projects?

Thanks,

Sebastian


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