Peter Newcomb peter at techno.com
Wed Jun 25 05:44:26 BST 1997

> Date: Tue, 24 Jun 1997 14:07:06 -0400
> From: Jonathan Robie <jwrobie at mindspring.com>
> Cc: xml-dev at ic.ac.uk
> At 01:29 PM 6/24/97 -0400, Peter Newcomb wrote:
> >> [Jonathan Robie]
> >>
> >> Hmmm. IDL == Language independent spec of an API....might this be
> >> better approached as an XML application? I.e. a DTD for the XML API
> >> spec. A doc conforming to that spec.  that can be down-translated to
> >> Java, C++, Python and (gasp) IDL!
> For the record, I didn't say that. Sean McGrath did, quoting my earlier
> message, which went like this:

Sorry about that... I receive CTS as email and had already deleted
your post before I read Sean's post and was moved to write mine.  I
got confused by the quoting.

> >Is there really an advantage to defining it in IDL first? The IDL could be
> >created after the specification is finished in Java, and the Java-based
> >specification is probably easier to create, understand, and test. I *like*
> >making things language independent, but at this stage, I'm leery of adding
> >complexity that doesn't add any new conceptual power.
> So not only am I in agreement with the rest of your message, your message
> actually agrees with what I said earlier!

Yes... I had read your post, and meant mine as a second to yours.


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