Regulating the XML Marketplace

Matthew Sergeant (EML) Matthew.Sergeant at
Fri Jan 8 16:07:19 GMT 1999

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Paul Prescod [SMTP:paul at]
> [someone sent me an email to say that they got six of my last post...
> did anyone else have that problem?]
	The strange thing is I also got 7 of Simon's replies, but everything
since has been fine. Quite ironic that you mention parsing e-mail below,
when I bet this is the fault of our exchange gateway...

> "Simon St.Laurent" wrote:
> > ...
> > There are thousands, if not millions, of possibilities that XML enables.
> This is where we disagree. I don't think you can name even one. XML does
> not enable new applications in the sense that Java made Tic-Tac-Toe
> possible. XML just makes them more affordable by sharing development and
> R&D costs through standardized interchange. It is no coincidence that for
> most of the new XML-based languages being created there was a non-XML
> equivalent before.
	I think the problem is that XML on the web (specifically in the
browser) isn't there yet. For example, prior to Java it was also possible to
do Tic-Tac-Toe (or "Noughts and Crosses" as we call it in England) as a
Plugin, and you could do the legwork of doing 2 plugins if you wanted to
support both IE and Netscape. Java changed that. What XML in the browser
will give us is this sort of benefit (and I don't mean
WriteOnceRunEverywhere) - it will reduce the amount of code needed to do
things like search product catalogues, import external data, etc. Yes, it's
still plumbing in a way, the difference might just be in time to market
though. Got XML, got XSL - you can display it. This is a whole lot simpler
than a backend connected to a database that creates HTML.


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