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  • From: Peter Murray-Rust <peter@ursus.demon.co.uk>
  • To: Dan Brickley <Daniel.Brickley@bristol.ac.uk>,xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Sun, 09 Aug 1998 13:56:53

At 11:52 09/08/98 +0100, Dan Brickley wrote:
>On Sun, 9 Aug 1998, Peter Murray-Rust wrote:
>> 	- CORBA/Java. This is attractive for communities with well-established
>Yes, though it's easy to set up a false opposition here: using CORBA to
>interface with remote XML or RDF data stores is an attractive proposition.
>The DOM comes to mind, as do various proposals for markup based IDLs. 

Indeed. And I think that - at present - CORBA is a good solution for
data-based domains. XML will have to work hard in public to support data. I
am frustrated by the slow progress with XML-data - until XML can define
data primitives the data community won't take XML seriously.
>> Moreover very few people would happily author a document using CORBA-based
>> tools.
>I think I disagree here, but maybe am not sure what you mean. Could you
>expand on this? Would they be unhappy because CORBA-based interfaces are

I meant it will be some time before the Royal Society of Chemistry's
Chemical Communications (a primary journal) accepts a submission as a set
of CORBA objects. OTOH HenryR and I have gone a long way towards persuading
them that an XML document will be the preferred means of submission in the
near future, including data, molecules, links, etc.
>[1] does neglecting a Phd in favour of web hackery count as academic? ;-)

Depends how the web hackery turns out... you can do both if you neglect sleep.

Peter Murray-Rust, Director Virtual School of Molecular Sciences, domestic
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