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   Re: [xml-dev] What is XML For?

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It is relevant in that it identifies standards and basic xml

Every application has a data structure, take word for example, a document is
a data structure which is parsed and diaplayed onto the screen. When a word
document is saved to the disk it is serialised and saved as a word document,
this is a data structure representing the in memory datastructure of the
application, only it can be distributed as a file.

This is exactly what XML does, parsing XML builds a DOM (sax for bits) and
the DOM is travsesed as in HTML and displayed as a web page.

If this is not what XML is for, then what the hell do we do with it, do we
fiddle with ourselves????

After pagemaker has built a web page the internal datastructure is saved as
html, I can not see where my nerve is????

OK What is a relational table? is it not a datastructure?
What is a web page, is it not a data structure which is traversed and
displayed to a screen window?

A Datastructure is structured data that algorthhms modify
datastructures + algorithms = programs (yes programs may have more data than
just the XML stuf)

So what's the problem with what I have said - or have people just forgotton
what they were doing when they developed the XML specifications????

----- Original Message -----
From: "Matt Gushee" <mgushee@havenrock.com>
To: <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2002 11:50 AM
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] What is XML For?

> On Thu, Oct 24, 2002 at 11:33:48AM +1000, Trevor Croll wrote:
> > XMl is a way for  applications to exchange datastructures, it is this
> > simple.
> Gotta give you points for nerve, if nothing else. You do realize, don't
> you, that several of the people in this debate were involved in creating
> XML in the first place?
> > see http://www.users.bigpond.net.au/tcroll/webdesign/index.htm
> Okay, I've seen it. How is it supposed to be relevant?
> --
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