Fw: XML for dynamic content?
oren at capella.co.il
Thu Jan 21 10:41:19 GMT 1999
Nigel Byrnes <byrnes at prl.research.philips.com> wrote:
>We all know the benefits of representing "static" documents in XML. But
>considering where [HTML, VRML, etc] content is to be generated on the
>fly, as is frequently done by CGI scripts, is XML suitable for encoding
>the output data in these types of applications?
>Considering a simple hangman game, the application could either:
>1. receive user-input and generate XML as output, which then has to be
>2. receive user-input and generate format markup language-content as
>3. another possibility?
dynamically through the DOM interface. That's what DHTML does (for an HTML
tree instead of an XML tree). It has the advantages of:
- Being client side if you want it to (no round trip delay, no server CPU
server if it wants).
- Reduces bandwidth (no need to send the whole XML document just to change
the color of a menu entry :-)
- Builds on existing standards (ECMAScript).
- Allows gateways to external computing resources (to Java at least, and
throuh it and JNI to anything else - though I'd love to see a JNI-equivalent
- Defining it is easy; no need to create new complex standard.
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