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   Re: It's time for practical XML!

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  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Sun, 04 Oct 1998 11:48:14 -0400

At 11:40 PM 10/3/98 -0500, Paul Prescod wrote:
>James Robertson wrote:
>> * rock-solid XML parsers for every platform
>>   under the sun, especially business development
>>   tools like: Visual Basic, Delphi, Powerbuilder,
>>   etc.
>It would be foolhardy for anyone to make a commercial parser when
>Microsoft already has promised that one will ship as a COM object with
>every version of Windows and Internet Explorer.

While it might not make sense to create the COM object, it might make a lot
of sense to build supporting structures for VB, Delphi, PowerBuilder, and
whatever other tool you like to work with.  And it _might_ conceivably be
worthwhile to build parsers for these environments.  There are hurdles -
Unicode one of the largest among them - but it might well make sense to
build DOM-compliant or SAX-compliant (okay, fine, it probably won't be
precisely SAX) for these environments.  

(Heck, I know a fair number of people using Delphi precisely because it
_isn't_ an MS product, and they might like a non-MS parser for political

My personal focus these days is definitely on Java, but there are plenty of
days I wish I had the Delphi environment's full set of tools.  (Yes, I have
JBuilder, but it's not quite the same...) 

Simon St.Laurent
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