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   Re: Another member of the family

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  • From: "Michael Kay" <M.H.Kay@eng.icl.co.uk>
  • To: "Betty Harvey" <harvey@eccnet.eccnet.com>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 17:50:47 +0100

>> Anyone know if this has any relationship to the CDIF
>> standard, which has the same objective but currently uses
>> proprietary encoding (see http://www.cdif.org )?
>Apparently, CDIF was one of the options but they opted
>for XML.
If that's so then they missed the point and are about to
embark on a long process of wheel reinvention. CDIF has
spent ten years standardising the semantics of the objects
to be interchanged in a wide variety of areas: this requires
a lot of leg-work. The concrete encoding (CDIF's equivalent
to XML) is a trivial part of the standard, and the CDIF
object models could easily be remapped to XML.

Mike Kay

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