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   Re: Why SAX needs namespace support

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  • From: Walter Underwood <wunder@infoseek.com>
  • To: len bullard <cbullard@hiwaay.net>, "XML Developers' List" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 08:45:57 -0800

At 06:49 PM 1/27/99 -0600, len bullard wrote:
><aside>Has anyone created a list of the top characteristics of an 
>application make it most amenable to using markup?  We've tossed 
>around parts of this on this list but I've not seen a thumbnail 
>version one could give to a manager that "they will understand".</aside>

Since I've done this recently, here is why I did it. Ultraseek
Server CCE uses XML in two different ways.

The private format is to store the topic definitions and transmit 
them to other servers in a distributed search network. I used
XML there because I didn't feel like wasting my time spec'ing
a new format, then writing and maintaining a parser for it. With
XML, I just needed to spec a DTD. A straight productivity win.

The public use is to parse XML documents so they can be searched.

Actually, I have a third use here in the lab, but not released --
delivering query results in XML. The justification is similar
to the first one, that is, I don't feel like writing another
file format and spec and forcing our users to write and maintain
special-purpose parsers. Right now, the query results have an
inline DTD, and even though that costs 1.5 kbytes per result,
the files are still smaller than a corresponding HTML result.
Note, this is with everything as elements -- no silly
"abbreviated format" like RDF.


Walter R. Underwood
wunder@best.com (home)
http://software.infoseek.com/ (my product)

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