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   Fw: And now what? (was Re: Inheritance in XML)

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  • From: matthew@praxis.cz (Matthew Gertner)
  • To: <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 17:15:43 +0200

Oops, meant to post this to the list...

-----Original Message-----
From: Matthew Gertner <matthew@praxis.cz>
To: Peter Murray-Rust <peter@ursus.demon.co.uk>
Date: Monday, April 27, 1998 3:33 PM
Subject: And now what? (was Re: Inheritance in XML)

>The direction you are suggesting seems very promising. One other area worth
>considering would be a system for the classification and retrieval of
>existing DTDs. The might include some kind of repository technology
>(anything from the file system to an OODBMS), a DTD for DTDs (related to
>your first point), an indexing engine and, my favorite, a taxonomy for DTDs
>a la Yahoo. The latter would enable a user to "drill down" in a hierarchy
>find the DTD s/he needs.
>I remember reading about something along these lines on the list a while
>back. (I have the name "TagNet" in the back of my mind.) Maybe someone can
>refresh my memory. Anyway, since you are talking about actually sitting
>and developing something of communal use, I would certainly be interested
>becoming involved in this sort of effort.
>>- linking ELEMENTs to software (i.e. behaviour). This can either be done
>>an implicit basis (e.g. CML:MOL links to jumbo.cml.MOLNode probably
>>xml:namespace pointers) or through the stylesheet syntax (which we await -
>>I very much hope it has the ability to embed Java methods).
>> Note that *I* would often classify this as 'semantics' because it is
>>easier to define technical operations in terms of machine-based rules or
>>specifications rather than prose. As an example, 'electronegativity' might
>>be defined by an algorithm rather than prose.
>This is very cool. A JavaBean/COM object/whatever wrapper that exports XML
>attributes as getter/setter methods would also be quite neat, since it
>provide plug and play integration into visual RAD environments for XML data
>sources. This could be implemented as a base interface (XMLElementType)
>which a specific class could be derived for a given element type. Does
>anything like this exist?

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