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   XML as a basis for interoperabilty (WAS: Re: Gutenberg Project <longish>

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  • From: Len Bullard <cbullard@hiwaay.net>
  • To: Ann Navarro <ann@webgeek.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2000 18:38:16 -0600

Ann Navarro wrote:
> XML does not have to use a single blessed DTD to be interoperable, as seems
> to be the claims of several here.

Insofar as one doesn't need validation, fixed attribute defaults, etc., 
and only requires a well-defined syntax for a file, this is true.  
Curly brackets killed round brackets and now pointy brackets are 
ready to work on curly.

XML 1.0 makes a nice portable format.  Interoperation is a bigger
and that is what others are saying.  

XML like some dotcoms out there, is a bit overvalued.  This isn't to say
it isn't 
valuable, only that it is only valuble AS-applied.  We are having a
devil of a time 
in X3D making it more valuable with DOM, CSS etc. because 
we need a high performance framework, and unfortunately so far, that 
means a monolith design.  Certainly, it is page integratable 
just as any object is, but to provide say, XML Namespace 
interoperation and integration, we would have to accept 
reduced performance and substantial bloat.

Please, someone prove that wrong.  I'd love to see it, 
but as far as one can tell, SVG-like integration isn't 
in the cards.

Still, TEI is a good place to start for Gutenberg.  Carving 
up a DTD isn't that hard.  I guess if one originally got 
used to 28001, 87269, DocBook etc., it all looks cherry.
Thank God the FOSI died along the way.   :-)


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