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Re: NextXML.org - a working space.

  • From: Nico van de Water <nicovdwater@gmx.de>
  • To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Date: Sun, 05 Dec 2010 13:40:26 +0100

Re:  NextXML.org - a working space.
Dear Ben, dear list members,

Having followed the various discussions with great interest, let me first briefly introduce myself so that you know where I am coming from. I am Nico van de Water, Dutch<->English translator, localizer, technical author and terminologist. My only claim to fame in the XML field is that I have successfully attended several XML and XSLT courses, and have started accumulating my music collection in an XML file, which through XSLT is then reworked into XHTML. Furthermore, I am an end-user of XML documentation files, in that I translate them, rework some XML-modelled linguistic tags in these files, use XML-based translation standards such as TMX, TBX, etc., and find the world of XML fascinating.

Having said that, I believe that one reason why XML is still underused is that non-programming people like ordinary translators cannot find or afford good, clear instruction material on all things XML. I have colleagues who refuse to translate XML-based material out of sheer fright, ignorance or embarrassment. So my main plea for the newly initiated NextXML.org would be to include meaningful examples, not necessarily for translators, but lucid enough for novices like me and my colleagues to spark an interest, to become useful, and to overcome this fear or embarrassment. This may be a far cry from what many of you (especially very advanced XML experts, gurus, developers, etc.) may have in mind, but for information to be meaningful, it must communicate something.

I will probably not be able to contribute anything meaningful to this "Next XML" discussion, but will follow it to the best of my ability.

With thanks and best regards,
Nico.

Op 2010-12-05 12:43, Ben Trafford schreef:
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Given the productivity of the most recent threads that started with
James Clark's "XML vs the Web" blog posting, and the repeated suggestion
that we need a better place than this list for the work to move forward
to some sort of fruition, I've gone ahead and started putting that
together.

I registered NextXML.org just now, and have a server in place for it.

Obviously, we'll want some sort of wiki, and probably a version control
system in place.

What other productivity tools do people think we need? Any other
suggestions for this working space? Feel free to toss out ideas -- not
ideas about XML 2.0/3.0/whatever the heck it gets called, but what we
need in a working environment to ensure this isn't a round of xml-dev
navel-gazing.

Thanks!

--->Ben


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