Storing XML/Streaming HTML

david at david at
Mon Dec 7 12:41:05 GMT 1998

Tim Bray writes:

 > At 03:44 PM 12/4/98 -0000, Michael Kay wrote:

 > >Author it in XML definitely. What I would do with it then, given that this
 > >is a static manual, is to generate HTML at publication time and store the
 > >generated HTML on the server in the normal way. That's heresy to many on
 > >this list
 > Really?  Seems like good sound practice to me, at this point in history.
 > Also then you can use one of the free full-text packages to search the
 > generated HTML and do lots of other neat tricks, too. -Tim

I'm with Tim -- XML is a standard, not a religion.  There are three
good reasons to use XML:

1. A solid business and technological case for XML over the other
2. Experimental research.
3. Pure aesthetic joy.

I use XML for #3, but I insist that my customers use it only for #1 or 
#2; if not, there is the danger of

4. Hype

which is the technological equivalent of deficit spending.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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