XML API specification

Joe English jenglish at crl.com
Wed Feb 26 19:00:50 GMT 1997

Len Bullard <cbullard at hiwaay.net> wrote:

> Could we go through the bone of contention up front
> and just settle it:  are grove and grove plan definitions of
> use to an object-oriented API design?  Really just asking here,
> so this gets settled and doesn't crop up again and again.

I think so.  It's very straightforward to translate class
definitions from a grove plan into class definitions in
(Java|C++|Modula-3|OO-language-of-choice).  That's pretty
much what James Clark did for the generic SP interface.

That's a good approach for processing XML-as-XML.  A slightly
different approach is useful when you want to add application
semantics, namely, to create a new class for each element
type of interest, (or better yet, for each architectural form).
That's sort of what SGMLS.pm, the original CoST, and (I think)
Peter M-R's CML tools do.

--Joe English

  jenglish at crl.com

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