RE: Tim Bray on "Which Technologies Matter?"
Every proposal I receive requires integration to a document imaging system. One can argue that that is not a complex document production system but only if one hasn't built one. Images are stored, but so is the metadata, the OCR'd text, the full-text retrieval indexes and so on. OTOH, I don't need full-up SGML to do this initially but as the requirements creep starts, it is good to have that option. Things like minimization and the ability to tweak in the Declaration file pick up value over time. What XML 1.0 is minus the DTD is a more verbose and structured comma-delimited ASCII. That is what WFie "data-centric" in practical terms means and is one reason some still question the utility of XML in many of its targeted applications once they get past XML hype and into the reality of the code. To talk about XML as more than that, one gets into the application languages and systems built for XML. Internet applications have driven these to a broader consensus than the SGML applications achieved. The XML industry has done a good job there. len From: Paul Prescod [mailto:paul@p...] I don't know that users (even sophisticated ones!) want complex document systems.
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