GEDCOM - A Killer XML Application?

Deke Smith deke at
Mon Feb 9 15:54:42 GMT 1998

Martin Bryan, mtbryan at said on 2/9/98 4:23 AM:

>Defining an XML DTD for it is easy, but what is really interesting is how
>you could use the data already out there in this format within XML
>applications without having to recode it all.
>Unfortunately the XML-Data proposal does not seem to provide sufficient
>tools for mapping the existing schema to an XML equivalent without invoking
>a specialist script. It would be nice if there were some generalized
>mechanisms for doing this.

There has existed a de-facto standard for conversion of GEDCOM to HTML 
for a couple of years. Information about it can be found at: 

I have used GED2HTML ( and it works VERY 
well, even on large databases. 

The code is in Perl and gets you half-way there on an XML conversion.


Deke Smith
Tallent Communications Group, Brentwood TN
deke at, 615-661-9878

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