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   Re: [xml-dev] Relating to XML

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At 11:41 AM 11/21/2003 -0800, Baiss Magnusson wrote:
>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 
>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 
>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.

I think the piece that you're missing is XSLT, which you can use to 
transform an XML document using your tags to or from "an XML type file of 
similar, but slightly different tag syntax than my cookbook program."

Other than that, every other solution to date that I know about is mostly 
theoretical or specware, and not implemented yet.  UN/CEFACT in its ebXML 
core components work has the concept of assigning a unique global ID to 
each unique bit of business information.  If this GUID was assigned in the 
respective document schemas or instance documents, applications could 
process data using the GUID to identify semantics instead of relying on 
element and attribute names which might be different (like even in 
different languages).  I've not looked into the semantic web much, but I 
think it probably involves a similar concept.    Don't hold your breath 
waiting for something like this.  If you need a solution now use XSLT.


Michael C. Rawlins, Rawlins EC Consulting
Using XML with Legacy Business Applications (Addison-Wesley, 2003)

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