tbray at textuality.com
Sat Mar 28 05:44:23 GMT 1998
Although a remarkable proportion of the world's XML cognoscenti were
in the big room in Seattle today, those who were not may be interested
to hear that Larry Wall demonstrated perl reading XML in about 8 different
ways (he used it to generate his HTML slides), and R.V. Guha of
Netscape demonstrated Nav5 showing an ordinary-looking Web page with a
form and a couple of pictures, and when he did "View Source", it was XML
with CSS styles, plus HTML forms and images transcluded via XLink.
Neither are finished/shipping; but source code for everything will
be on the web before too long.
Both the Perl and Navigator projects are basing their work on
James Clark's C-language processor.
And it still would have been an interesting technology day without
either of those. Too many other details to go into now, but maybe
the most amusing thing was that while Henry Thomson was demo-ing his
lightweight XML wf-instance editor, Larry Wall (on the same panel,
hence on-stage) quietly downloaded and installed it via his cellphone.
Cheers, Tim Bray
tbray at textuality.com http://www.textuality.com/ +1-604-708-9592
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