Wish lists for the Holidays

Simon St.Laurent simonstl at simonstl.com
Fri Dec 24 21:41:44 GMT 1999

It's Christmas Eve, and the new year is coming up.  It seems like a good
time to start pondering what we'd like to see over the next year's XML
development.  While the holidays are a hard time to carry on discussion, it
seems like wish lists might be something good for exactly this time of year.

While XML-Dev usually talks about how to achieve particular results, it
might be fun to talk about the results we'd like to get, and see if other
folks are interested as well.  Maybe vendors will listen, maybe
organizations will listen, and maybe this'll end up in some form that goes
beyond XML-Dev.
Peter Murray-Rust already posted a wish for an open XML editor API, and
hopefully he won't be getting coal in his stocking.  I'd love to see
something like that emerge in the next year, though it'll take some work.

Personally, I'd like to see some kind of XML-aware data storage that I can
use in small (workgroup-size, not enterprise) environments - a way to
store, manage, and search my data.  I'd love to use WebDAV or some other
open protocol to get information in and out of the repository, with support
for things like versioning, fragment addressing through XPath and XPointer,
easy replication and backup, and cross-platform capabilities.  (Yes, Zope
may get there, though I'd love to see a Java implementation.)

Simon St.Laurent
XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed.
Building XML Applications
Inside XML DTDs: Scientific and Technical
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