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Subject: Trying to get a handle on XML/XSL
From: Leavell Jody L <Jody.Leavell@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 18:11:43 -0500
jody leavell
>From reading the digest for this list I can tell there are some very
technically literate contributors. I truly wish I were, yet I am
struggling to learn XML from a developers point of view. So now for some

1) Has anyone come up with an XML application demo that runs on Win32
and Linux platforms and does not utilize any Microsoft components?

2) What about utilizing/creating an object repository or widget library
that includes an HTML flow object as a descendant?

3) If question 2 were possible could the nature of the style sheet be
merely instructive on how to set the "style" properties for a particular
flow object?

My thoughts were that someone like Claris FileMakerPro, or JetForms, or
whatever ultra-easy application toolset could be used to drag and drop
objects onto screen forms that display XML content. I know that
FileMaker Pro makes it very easy for users to create interfaces to
databases with some customization of how to interact with the interface.
Wouldn't the combination of XML/XSL allow such users to plug their
components into document/stylesheet sets as the data stream and utilize
the development tools existing "programming" or "scripting" features for

Right now I can't wait to get my hands on some easier-to-use development
tools that would allow me to experiment with XML. So far there really
isn't a way or a tool to bind content to a real-life demonstration of
XML. I have heard that CSS2 can be used with XML aware browsers to
render HTML flow objects of an XML document but I don't know where to
begin on that even. I have seen links to demo's but they are usually
someone else's idea of an XML application. Too, they are usually
black-boxed to amateurs like myself.

Jody Leavell
C.H.I.S. PC Support
Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp.
Nashville, TN

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