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RE: [xml-dev] XML for Video, Pizza Shops & TakeOut
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <email@example.com>
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org, Dave Winer <email@example.com>,firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 08:12:52 -0500
Sounds fine. But should they use the brother in law's domain
name for all of the namespace declarations for pizza everywhere?
SGML was a sort of half way point bridging the programming
priesthood and the documentation drones that serviced them.
XML has relentlessly pushed into evermore esoteric areas
of programming, network messaging and so forth. Fun is
related to interests. The dough maker could probably
care less about the XML. The pizza shop owner might
want to look into the brother in law and find out
what else is on that web page. And so on. XML is
not ASCII. ASCII doesn't have a namespace, schemas
(pick several), doesn't enable links, styling. About
all they have in common is repurposing. So one can't
safely reduce it all to "don't worry, we're handling
that". Business owners should be keenly aware of the
XML they use. There are many aspects to opening a
system up to interoperation and some of them do affect
the business outside the MIS group.
When many of us started on this trek, we heard first
hand Dr Goldfarb's admonition, "SGML is there to protect
information from people like us". It was to free up
information from being trapped in the implementation
notions of the programmer. Implementations of XML
can do a lot of damage to that notion all the time
wearing a sincere mask of enlightened disinterest.
The system matters. Choose well.
From: David Lyon [mailto:email@example.com]
That sounds like ebXML.
Our solution is to give the stores a CDR business card with our Ordering
Software on and sell them at the counter for $5 each.
Pizza orders can be received over the net by the software and appear on the
screen. They can be collected with the card as identification (not
or delivered in the usual way.
It doesn't have to be pizza or videos, but they're just the ones that would
be fun to do.
As for me, I'm not of the opinion that XML has to be boring. Why can't it be
a bit fun and cool.