Template System Using XML

Rob Williams rob at robco-inc.com
Mon Jan 18 16:51:50 GMT 1999

I'm working on a project right now where we are converting an e-commerce
application, attempting to do it in Java using servlets. What we want to do
is develop a means of using templates for the product pages and the pages
where products of a category are shown together. To do this, I was thinking
about just allowing designers to mock up a product page for a particular
store and then we could embed tags in it around the key elements. When that
was done we could import the template and a program could parse it and check
it for being valid. I'd love to use XML instead. There are already design
tools that support XML (Dreamweaver, XMetal). If I have a tool like this
then the designers will be producing a file I can immediately read. Question
is how should that impact my presentation templates? Should I have the
process of streaming HTML to the client involve XML directly or should I
just create some HTML and do simple substitutions for our attributes and
then stream it to the browser?

Rob Williams
RobCo Incorporated

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