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RE: Still not the essence of XML (was Re: S-expressi

  • To: 'Dare Obasanjo' <dareo@m...>
  • Subject: RE: Still not the essence of XML (was Re: S-expressions vs. XML)
  • From: Doug Rudder <drudder@d...>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2003 14:37:39 -0600
  • Cc: xml-dev@l...

RE:  Still not the essence of XML (was Re:  S-expressi
>Secondly, from my experience working with XML there are a lot more
data-centric users of 
>XML than there are markup/document centric users.  

Could this be partly because many of those interested in markup/document
centricity are already using SGML and have not seen a reason to migrate to
XML yet?  The company I work for has used SGML since 1993; I convert the
data to XML for certain electronic products and data licensing projects, but
all of our print products and some electronic are created from SGML. At
almost every XML or publishing-related conference I attend, there are quite
a few companies that still use SGML for both print and electronic products.
If and when those companies decide to cut over to XML completely, the
balance of data-centric to document-centric users of XML could change quite
a bit.

And of course for those looking to get into XML for the first time,
convincing authors/editors that structured markup is a good thing can be a
challenge. Who knows, maybe Word 11 can help shift the balance.
<flamebait-not-intended/> :-)

Douglas Rudder     drudder@d...
"Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are
     subtle and quick to anger." -- Gildor Inglorion


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