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   Re: [xml-dev] Arbortext bought

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Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> It is a market that is following the technical 
> reality that XML is plumbing for the operating 
> system frameworks that expose browsers as a 
> dominant GUI metaphor.   Markup applications 
> as standalone systems are increasingly sidelined 
> given the shift from markup for documents to 
> markup for messages.

I don't believe that Arbortext sells markup applications. I think that 
they sell a standards-based authoring and publishing platform. That's 
what their website says and when I've spoken with their customers they 
seem to agree.

A product lifecycle management company bought a complex technical 
documentation company. That makes sense to me. As you say: XML is 
plumbing (precisely: a technical means to a business end) and I think 
that both the purchaser and the purchasee understood that.

I don't believe that this has anything whatsoever to do a "the shift 
from markup for documents to markup for messages". There is no such 
shift. Yes, XML's center of gravity has shifted but that is irrelevant.

Did the "shift" towards the use of the World Wide Web (an application of 
the Internet) hurt the popularity of email (another application of the 
Internet?). Does the shift towards VOIP sideline BitTorrent? Apples and 

  Paul Prescod


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