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

  • To: 'Doug Rudder' <drudder@d...>
  • Subject: RE: Still not the essence of XML (was Re: S-e xpressions vs. XML)
  • From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@i...>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2003 14:47:37 -0600
  • Cc: xml-dev@l...

RE:  Still not the essence of XML (was Re:  S-e xpress
Possibly.  It's probably:

1. There are more data wranglers overall than document 
wranglers at the level of the frameworks where XML 
is applied/developed (database islands, messaging, etc)

2.  People doing documents tend to favor HTML where 
all of the more important rendering and address/location 
issues have been resolved (Save As HTML, compile HTML Help, etc).

2. Dare isn't intimately involved with the documentation 

My impression is that the database folks are more involved 
in the server side antics of the web, and that XML exports 
from document (say WYSIWYG) systems are still rare.  They 
weren't numerous for SGML either, were pricey, and tended to 
be installed only in very large organizations with either 
contractural requirements (say CALS) or very long lifecycle 
documents (say aerospace).

Note that Microsoft has apparently booted away its work on 
creating XML-based Help systems.  I have to wonder about 
that one.


-----Original Message-----
From: Doug Rudder [mailto:drudder@d...]

>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?  


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