Is XML getting too hard?

Anthony Scott-Hodgetts ascotth at
Wed Aug 19 15:54:05 BST 1998


On the subject of tools proving the XML concept, you may be interested
(assuming you don't already know...) that the recently released Early
Access Release 2 of Javasoft's JavaHelp API is based firmly upon (DTD-less)
XML docs. 

For what it's worth, I'm very optimistic about the future of XMl. I'm
involved in creating a Java product which uses XML as its data
storage/interchange "format", and we have a fairly pragmatic approach -
keep a good eye on emerging ideas/specs/standards, whilst building
applications based on either DTD-less or single-DTD documents. I suspect
that many of the next wave of XML-enabled applications will be similarly
focussed. After that - well, we'll see...

So, from the sidelines - we wish you well.

Anthony Scott-Hodgetts

At 10:56 19/08/98, Peter Murray-Rust wrote:
>I have great sympathy with this. There is no doubt that multiple
>independent variant semi-conforming parallel semi-implementations of all
>these specs would kill XML. In practice I think we have to:
>	- have implementations of XML that are either FEW or completely
>interchangeable. The latter is critically dependent on public activity and
>involves APIs, freeware, portable s/w (i.e. not platform-specific),
>examples and tutorials.
>	- develop in a modular fashion, use layering, develop APIs.
>	- do nothing that isn't necessary.
>	- get some simple tools out to prove the XML concept. Editing and browsing
>are clearly key.

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