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   Introduction and a few questions

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  • From: Aaron Hokanson <aaron@suburbiastudios.com>
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2000 16:22:12 -0700

Hello all,

I have just recently subscribed to the XML-dev list, and had a few
admittedly naive - yet important - questions. I am a professional web
developer, and am very interested in XML. I understand the theory and am
familiar with XML's history (the fact that it is a meta-language and that
it, in a way, strikes a compromise between SGML and HTML, for instance).

One thing I am perplexed by is the seemingly sparse support for this new
language in the browsers, more specifically Netscape Navigator and Internet
Explorer. As this is my primary focus, I am most interested in this issue.
What I am trying to say is, is it possible to actually start creating XML
documents which can be used by the majority of the viewers on the web today?
If not, when can the world expect to start downloading and interacting with
XML-based resources?

As a developer, is it possible for me to start putting XML towards practical
use? Is it too early? One thing I do not want is to be caught with my pants
down. Should I be panicking if I cannot produce a web site based on XML as
of yet?

Thank you in advance for indulging me in these issues. I look forward to
your resonses.

Aaron Hokanson.

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