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- From: "Simon St.Laurent" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: "Kent Sievers" <email@example.com>, <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Thu, 07 Oct 1999 20:23:03 -0400
At 05:13 PM 10/7/99 -0600, Kent Sievers wrote:
>A tool like, say, a markup language other than XML? One that only had one
>way to mark up a simple name/value pair? That is what we left behind.
We haven't left anything behind yet, not by a long run. What I'm talking
about is a tool that would let you map:
everybody else's damn structures -> my structures
where you'd set things up so that you could create mappings one time, and
then your processor could identify incoming structures and map them to what
If you only want name/value pairs structured one way, that's fine.
You can do this kind of work with transformations like XSLT and
architectural forms. What I haven't seen so far is something that lets
people take 'random' XML documents and say 'make it look like this' in a
general way without requiring major pain and suffering, which I suspect is
the root of your disillusionment. Even if such a tool only handled simple
cases, it could do a lot of good if it had a reasonable interface and easy
Mike Hatalski pointed out IBM's XML Translator Generator - it's one option,
though I'd like to see it given a prettier face.
I'm not ready to force the world into a single model for name-value pairs,
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