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  • From: Peter Murray-Rust <peter@ursus.demon.co.uk>
  • To: <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 08:29:38

At 15:22 18/06/98 -0400, Frank Boumphrey wrote:
>at present there is no XML aware browser, i.e a browser that will just
>display your XML document.

Errm... Not so :-). I think you are taking a rather narrow view of 'browser'.

JUMBO is a fully XML-aware browser (and has been for the last year). It can:
	- read an XML document
	- parse it using SAX-compliant parsers
	- render it as a tree
	- navigate the tree
	- search the tree
	- examine individual elements
	- apply Java methods to render or process elements
	- save the result to disk
	- edit the current document 
	- etc. etc
I agree that it doesn't have a spellchecker that automatically turns -ise
into -ize and doesn't have an animated assistant that changes leading
characters to uppercase when you don't want it.

JUMBO2 works with any XML document and is in the process of re-implementing:
	- namespaces
	- Xlink
	- Xpointers
all of which are closely associated with 'XML'. 

It can - if required - be run as a helper application from an HTML browser.

Other XML browsers have been announced on this list, including a JavaScript

If, as I suspect, the question means 'are there any shrink-wrapped tools
which will have the same look-and-feel as MSIE or NS, and will render text
to the same standard as for HTML?'... then the answer may be correct. But
it is very important not to think of XML as simply being a super-HTML. It
is far, far, more.


Peter Murray-Rust, Director Virtual School of Molecular Sciences, domestic
net connection
VSMS http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/vsms, Virtual Hyperglossary

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