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   RE: [xml-dev] Using pre-arranged arrays to render charts

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Yes it is.  One doesn't have to download an Adobe plugin, 
or That Other Browser. :-)  The good news is that it is a 
simple language; the bad news is that the documentation 
and examples are scarce.  I found an old "Elliotte Harold" 
piece that was very useful, but otherwise, the tutorials 
tend to be thin.  That's bad because when looking at the 
specification, there are lots of options that would probably 
improve that example a lot and MS doesn't really provide 
enough information, their assumption likely being that 
someone would write a book.

Behaviors are a neat easy way to attach a processor for a 
namespace. I doubt they are the future, but for this kind 
of quick and dirty application, they work and are easy to 
grok.  We here tend to live in the 'program down to atoms' 
world; but authors live in the 'copy and paste until it 
renders good enough" world.  XML applications are really 
designed for them, not us.  MS understands that better 
than most.

The tough part initially is understanding the visual 
rendering model combinations.  I suspect the same is 
so of SVG.  I would have done that in X3D but once 
again, there is a plug-in requirement.  Yet I think 
these graphics when complex would work better in an 
animatible 3D environment.

Visualization systems in XML dialects are fun. 
One has to wonder what happens to all of the 
different viz languages as the next generation frameworks 
come on line.  I am always amazed at how hard some 
designers make life for themselves and their customers 
by insisting on doing in objects things that are 
already available in simpler XML languages.


From: Thomas B. Passin [mailto:tpassin@comcast.net]

Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:

> That's easy. See below.  Run's without a plugin right there 
> in the HTML.  ;-)
> The layout generator is modestly challenging.

My, it's almost like having svg built in, isn't it?  I haven't really 
worked with IE behaviors before and don't have much of a notion of how 
many of them there are and what they can do.   Wonder if that is the 
kind of thing the OP was thinking of...


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