XML Application Servers

Sebastian Schnitzenbaumer schnitz at overflow.de
Fri Nov 26 21:14:37 GMT 1999

> << Our core technology is the transformation of XML into JavaScript.
> Interesting.
> The US Department of Defense is considering a ban on JavaScript and VBScript
> (due to hacking), so an XML > HTML transformation would be more appealing to
> DoD webmasters.

True. But the idea of transforming one thing only into another thing 
would be the same as HTML 4's one-size-fits-all strategy. An 
interesting idea is to develop a presentational XML grammar that is 
powerful enough to express the unified functionality of, lets say,  
XHTML, SMIL and WML. The pure XML on the server would be 
transformed into that Super-XHTML, and from Super-XHTML into 
various other presentational markup languages based on the 
client's capabilities. The DoD webmasters would automatically see 
everything in plain XHTML, where cgi's (perhaps on a proxy server) 
would mimik the functionality with round-trips to the server, while 
JavaScript-enabled browsers get the same functionality but 
completely client-side, which is similar to mobile phones who work 
with the notion of a stack of cards in WML (multiple screen pages 
inside a single document).



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