Re: Tim Bray on "Which Technologies Matter?"
Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote: > These sound like new documents, not new projects. If some > organization started marking up legislation or helicopter designs in > SGML in 1990, and is still using that for new laws and new > helicopters in 2002, that's not really a new use of SGML, any more > than the latest Grisham novel is a new use of English. The ability to use the DTD that they put so much effort into in 1990 is the payoff that these organisations are enjoying now. Organisations _want_ to reuse their structures - it's deeply important to them. They're quite proud to see analysis stand the test of 10 years or more. They don't feel left behind by XML - in fact, some of them are quite smug. Well may they be - you can't even get 10 years out of a word processor anymore, let alone the benefits of structured data. It's outlandish to suggest that criteria for a new project dictates that you use a different structure - would you also maintain that data marked up against the XML DocBook DTD cannot be considered to be a new project? Are no websites new projects, because they just use HTML? -- Regards, Marcus Carr email: mcarr@a... ___________________________________________________________________ Allette Systems (Australia) www: http://www.allette.com.au ___________________________________________________________________ "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." - Einstein
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