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- From: Lisa Rein <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: "Woody, Matt" <MWoody@mobilnet.gte.com>
- Date: Mon, 06 Jul 1998 09:21:37 -0700
At the risk of giving the false impression that this is the proper forum
for general questions of this nature (which I don't believe it is), I
will answer your question, only because due to the last couple of
stories I've written, and the number of people's opinions whom I have
asked this exact question that have confirmed its answer, that i feel
uniquely qualified to do so...
:-) i am a proxy, if you will
What it will be very important for BOTH Netscape and MS to do with their
browsers is make sure that an architecture exists where the necessary
mechanism to "plug in" (for lack of a better word) such components for
the interpretation of such DTDs, whatever they may be.
Let me say the same thing another way.
In addition to the "built-in" xml parser (expat for mozilla) (the
different flavors of msxml for ie -- two at this point i believe -- that
will be "built-in" to ie5) -- in addition to it and/or them, there will
have to be an extensible capacity "built-in" to each client so that
these emerging xml-based languages can do their thing in the browser.
Yes, to my knowledge, both MS and Netscape are aware of this.
(or at least they are now :-)
Woody, Matt wrote:
> Hello all.
> I musk ask that you excuse my concern if previously addressed.
> Much anticipated is the surge of DTDs that have been popping up based on the
> XML technology. The latest that I've been looking at are VML, SMIL. The
> current process of waiting for Netscape or IE to support the defined DTD
> with a new version after accepted by W3C has to be the largest stumbling
> block for XML. I think it to be important that any accepted DTDs should be
> available to users immediately.
> Has this raised a brow with Microsoft or with the Netscape development
> community at all?
> Are there any technologies that have taken this initiative?
> And if so, I should hope that the answer would not be another useless client
> concept. I feel that the community would benefit best if the browser were
> ignorant to the definition that it displays.
> Any thoughts?
> Matt Woody
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