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  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: "'xml-dev@xml.org'" <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 08:06:03 -0400

At 03:56 AM 4/25/00 +0200, Niclas Olofsson wrote:
>"Simon St.Laurent" wrote:
>> It doesn't mention XML at all, but these are in many ways the models 
>> I'd like to see for information exchange using XML, rather than the 
>> data center/hub-spoke kinds of models that companies seem to be 
>> fixated on.
>I would rather see this as a result of better internet infrastructure
>("Broadband to the people!") than new architechtures. It's still regular
>client/server stuff 99% of the time and peer2peer isn't exactly new
>(some even say it's history).

Does infrastructure drive architecture?  Which way does 'if you build it
they will come' operate?  I'd like to see better internet infrastructure,
but I'd also like to see appropriate (not necessarily new) architectures
for information exchange.

>> Has anyone done XML-specific work toward these kinds of architectures?
>If I put up a Web-server at home that can serve XML. Would it fit?

I'll take that as a deliberate misunderstanding of the question, as I think
I made clear that Web servers per se weren't the architecture I was talking

>I used to live in an area where all appartments had 10Mbit ethernet. The
>distribution of video, mp3 and other binary stuff makes it almost
>useless. How well does internet scale? Well, guess we will find out
>sooner or later.

Keeping up and catching up is always difficult.  Fortunately, while XML is
more verbose/less information-dense than most formats, the number of bytes
needed to convey a message is typically smaller than audio or video.  I
don't think we're trying to launch oceanliners in small ponds here.

Simon St.Laurent
XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed.
Building XML Applications
Inside XML DTDs: Scientific and Technical
Cookies / Sharing Bandwidth

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