Where to start?

lee.harding at autodesk.com lee.harding at autodesk.com
Wed Oct 13 18:59:29 BST 1999

I'm trying to understand XML. Stop laughing.

The single question is, of course, "what do I need to do in my
applications?" My apps being the type that create documents (productivity).
I have found a glut of information about what XML is and isn't, but somehow
I'm still unable to see how it makes sense in such applications. What I
understand is:

1) I can offload some code. Pre-fab parsers/validators, XLink and XPointer
solve some problems that I have already solved. If I switch to XML I don't
have to maintain some code that enables this magic. Less code is better, but
in reality it's a pretty small amount of code that doesn't take much effort
to maintain.

2) Although XML is not a solution to interoperability problems, solutions
will probably evolve in terms of XML. It might make sense to use an XML
format to be prepared for future developments. Gambling.

I have more questions than information at the moment. Is that the general
case out there? Where does it make sense to start integrating XML? As a
document storage format? For object exchanges (interchange formats)?

Just thought I'd ask, :)

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