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   Re: It's time for practical XML!

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  • From: Ross Moore <ross@zeus.mpce.mq.edu.au>
  • To: jamesr@steptwo.com.au
  • Date: Sun, 4 Oct 1998 00:35:27 +1000 (EST)

> * rock-solid XML parsers for every platform
>   under the sun, especially business development
>   tools like: Visual Basic, Delphi, Powerbuilder,
>   etc.
> * Embedded XML editors for use in business-specific
>   applications. These need to be ActiveX controls,
>   Delphi VCLs and the like.
> * Thousands of handy little tools that run without
>   virtual machines, or other overhead, with simple
>   interfaces, that make handling XML easy.
> Most of these solutions need to be commercial,
> with support, documentation, upgrade plans,
> bug-fix releases. Business will not use unsupported
> freeware, and they _will_ pay for the tools they
> need.
> There are a lot of _exceedingly_ good developers
> on this list.
> To them I say: Please, please, stop writing new
> specs, and help us all by writing real apps.
Yes please.

I've been following this list for more than a year.
My primary interest is Mathematics, and MathML, in Web documents.
I want to write a TeX to MathML translator for use with the
LaTeX2HTML translation system.
This is the next natural step, as the view has been expressed
on this list that HTML is a dead-end.

But there is not sufficient support in browsers for XML/MathML,
and none at all on Macintosh or Digital Unix, the two systems
to which I have easiest access.

Until I can use such tools, there is little point in devoting
time to the task of writing the (system independent) converter,
whose presence would then lead to further developments for MathML,
and greater acceptance of XML in academic fields.

Maybe there are some relevant apps out there already ?


	Ross Moore

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