XML Conversion

jess_nemis at inod.com jess_nemis at inod.com
Mon Nov 8 07:07:25 GMT 1999

     I'm a newbie in XML Conversion and we're being tasked to transform a 
     plain text file into XML.  We've done this in SGML before and learned 
     also that XML is actually Web-enabled SGML.  However, we noticed that 
     the extensive use of taggings (elements) in XML has slowed down our 
     productivity considerably.
     Now my question is: is it really necessary to tag all items, say, in a 
     bibliographic reference, e.g.
      XML Specs now:
       <cite><title>The Origin of Species</title>, <author>Darwin</author> 
       <pages>pp. 6-10</pages> <pubinfo><pub>Oxford University Press</pub>,      
      SGML Specs before:
      <cite>The origin of Species, Darwin, pp. 6-10, Oxford University      
      Press, 1901.</cite>
      Links were provided to citerefs within the document.
     What's the difference between the two, the rationale behind use of 
     extensive tags in XML, and when are decisions going to be made that 
     such data should or should not be tagged?
     Thank you all for giving these some thoughts.
     Jess Nemis
     jess_nemis at inod.com

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