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   re: GEDCOM to XML?

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  • From: Craig_Gingell@Dell.com
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 03:35:07 -0600

Should we just mirror the functionality of GEDCOM in XML ? 

The GEDCOM standard does not exploit the power of publishing genealogical
information to the web.  

Routines like GED2HTML do not generate good looking pages.

I understand the dangers of veering from the spec, but I have found to my
own experience that GEDCOM is kind of lacking in several areas.

To this end, I prefer to maintain my ever growing genealogical database in
XML and not GEDCOM.  I can still import from, and export to the GEDCOM
format.  I have richer content, and can easily manage features like image
galleries, email, hypertext links, and especially the geography aspect of
the relationship between villages, towns, countries and people.

I have encompassed pedigree charts to a certain extent using HTML tables,
but I would be the first to admit it is a bit of a cludge.

I would like to see GedML add value to GEDCOM, especially in the areas of
web publishing.


Craig Gingell
http://www.gingell.com - a website dedicated to anything and everything
http://www.gingell.com/data/gingell.txt - my XML genealogy file

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