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Hi Baiss,

Exporting to XML is a good step.  But you can't
get interoperability unless you export to a
more specific, shared format.

To have interoperability, the programs have to
be able to import XML, too.  If there is a widely
used recipe XML language (which google tells me
is the case: http://www.formatdata.com/recipeml/),
then it would be a good idea to have your program
allow export to (and import from) that format.

If another program can read RecipeML, then you're
all set.  If not, but you want to interoperate,
you could write a XSL stylesheet (or program) to 
transform RecipeML to their format... or you could
just try to convince them to directly allow imports
of RecipeML.

I'm not sure if Quicken imports any form of XML;
it would be nice, wouldn't it?  But just dumping
any old XML out to a file isn't going to get you
interoperating with Quicken.  If it does support
any kind of XML import, you have to find out the
specific form it has to take, and create that as 
output somewhere along the line.

- Chris

-----Original Message-----
From: Baiss Magnusson [mailto:cascades@earthlink.net]
Sent: Friday, November 21, 2003 2:41 PM
Subject: [xml-dev] Relating to XML

I have a direct to java client web application which parses a XML file, 
I designed the XML syntax, of recipes into Enterprise Objects (EO's).

My question is: How does one go about creating interoperability with 
other applications?
For instance, there is another cookbook application around which has an 
export function and produces an XML type file of similar, but slightly 
different tag syntax than my cookbook program. I would like to import 
it's recipes.

Is there something about XML services that I am missing?

I had the same kind of problem with my application 
<www.track-your-finances.com>, where I dumped the transactions into an 
XML file, but then I found no use for those transactions as there was 
no application around which could use the file. I had thought that 
something like Quicken would be able to import the file, but that 
didn't appear to be the case.

Baiss Eric Magnusson

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