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  • From: Robin Cover <robin@isogen.com>
  • To: Gavin Thomas Nicol <gtn@ebt.com>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2000 18:32:57 -0600 (CST)

The question about InfoWorld comes up every 4-5 months or so...

See from InfoWorld VP Laura Wonnacott:

[March 17, 2000] <a
in both content management and XML to strengthen your site."</a> By <a
href="mailto:laura_wonnacott@infoworld.com">Laura Wonnacott</a>.  In
<cite><a href="http://www.infoworld.com/">InfoWorld</a></cite> (March
10, 2000).  "[InfoWorld Web] Site Savvy -- I've spent little time
flexing our savvy muscles. To date, I've revealed many of our
mistakes. In recognizing that even worst-case experiences carry a
golden foundation, we did make two savvy decisions that will play in
our favor: our investments in content management and XML solutions. We
were looking for not only a content management system, but also for a
solution that supported XML. We saw through the hype surrounding XML
and recognized its true strengths. We knew a key ingredient in our
future success would be our ability to separate content, format, and
business logic. Our pursuit revealed one vendor and product of choice
-- Inso's Dynabase. Our decision to use XML was not only
forward-thinking, but probably the best technology choice for
InfoWorld.com in the long haul. Sure, HTML is the foundation of the
Web as far as a publishing medium. But despite its fame, a lot of
meaningful information remains obscured. With XML, meaning can be
determined by the data stored in elements, rather than by a less
intelligent technique, such as the number of times a word occurs in
the document. Unlike HTML, XML is focused on document structure
vs. document formatting. XML enhances the information in
documents. For example, stories on our site include both a category
tag and an audience tag. This data goes along with the story in a very
structured way. It is then easy to aggregate meaningful data. For
example, from our Home Page you can access both our subject indexes
and our sections. Here, we effortlessly aggregate content based on

- Robin Cover


On Fri, 24 Nov 2000, Gavin Thomas Nicol wrote:

> > Hello,
> >
> > I just noticed an XML server. Is there any other one like this? I mean
> > servers able to process real-time XML not off line processed document. The
> > server handling the XML link below is a high capacity server. I
> > do not know
> > if they are using XSLT to transform  the XML document on the server side.
> >
> > the link to check is:
> > http://www.infoworld.com/articles/hn/xml/00/11/21/001121hnnok.xml
> Unless I am mistaken, this is our product, DynaBase. It is an
> XML repository with dynamic composition capabilities... and has been
> around in various guises for a number of years.
> It has differential versioning, incremental indexing (structured
> indexing down to the element and attribute level), editions,
> etc. etc.
> Currently it uses an event-based approach to transformation, though
> the system does expose a DOM-like interface (documents are stored
> in post-parse form). In upcoming releases full DOM, JAVA,
> and XSL support will be the mainstay.


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