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   RE: [xml-dev] Remembering the original XML vision

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So data fusion doesn't excite you?  I'm surprised 
by that but OK.

Is there an original vision for XML?

Not really.  There are as David said, bug fixes 
to SGML to make the old vision possible faster.  That 
vision included the capability to use documents as 
first-class data sources.  Why?  

1.  No need to reinput the information into 
relational databases.  Awkward and expensive.

2.  Freezing a document at a state of production 
and using it as a record of authority with scope 
over other transactions (meaning, it becomes 
policy or contracted-authority).  Keep 
in mind, one cannot transform a record of 
authority without provable reversibility.

3.  Reusing parts of that document in other 
documents that also become data sources.  Keep 
in mind this isn't cut and paste, but direct 
inclusion while maintaining a consistent look 
and feel for the including document.

I'm not that excited by XForms-like technologies 
if all I get is yet another GUI.  I need the 
ability to integrate data sources and orchestrate 
workflow.  We need for documents in their original 
or published/late-bound forms, the ODBC for documents.

Is that DOM?  Can one realistically do that 
without XML Schema or its analogs?  Can one 
do that without XQuery or its analogs?


From: Dare Obasanjo [mailto:dareo@microsoft.com]

Others have already pointed out the benefits of documents being in for workflow and the like. I'm just excited about being able to use Word as I have in the past to do things like write my monthly columns or API specs but for it all to be saved as my custom XML format. 


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