akirkpatrick at ims-global.com akirkpatrick at ims-global.com
Tue Jun 24 17:58:50 BST 1997

Matthew Gertner wrote...

If I may be so bold, this sounds like a great idea to me. Producing an   
in Java is a valid approach and is more than defensible considering the
current Internet climate. However, there is also an argument to be made   
a language-independent approach (as evidenced by the discussion in this
thread). If this approach is to be favored, it seems to me to make far   
sense to develop a generalized DTD for API specifications and make the
specification itself in XML. This would have the following advantages:

I think the concern was that this kind of overhead might
hold up the API development (some were already arguing
that it is too early to think about a grove API at all).

I agree that Java may be too web-orientated but would
rather see the API take shape in this language than not at all.

Having said that, the people doing the API work should
try to make it easy to get the structures/methods/documentation
into other formats and should certainly minimise any
language specific areas (I guess Java is a good environment
in this respect?!).


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