Regulating the XML Marketplace

Michael S. Brothers Michael.S.Brothers at EMCIns.Com
Fri Jan 8 16:32:16 GMT 1999


I am not a developer, but a manager/philosopher (sounds more 
high-falutin' than it is) interested in new tools to enhance web-based 
commerce. I therefor welcome this recent discussion in lieu of the 
highly technical ones that have dominated the last few weeks.

Paul, Simon, Matthew et al. all have some extremely good points. The 
key one to me is that 'flash' is not what's at stake here. I think Paul 
is saying that flash is necessary to get people excited about using a 
new tool, otherwise the idea becomes diluted and everyone goes their 
own merry way. From what I can tell, XML is possibly (possibly) the 
gateway toward better standardization of Web-commerce (write all the 
cool stuff you want, you still gotta pay the bills). If apps are easier 
to write in XML, and thus cheaper, all the better. If XML-based apps 
increase on the woeful capability of HTML to do web-commerce, exchange 
information, and facilitate translation and storage of generated data 
into legacy systems via the Internet, hoorah. Sell that to the people 
who will actually make the decisions on what to buy and people will get 
very excited about XML and the apps it helps to develop.

The electronic marketplace and information clearinghouse in place today 
is a jumble of value-added networks, proprietary systems, incompatible 
protocols, yada yada yada. XML might not be THE answer to clean it all 
up, but it does appear to be a good move in that direction.

Michael S. Brothers
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