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RE: [xml-dev] Percentage of XML documents exclusively processed by machines?

IMO, first the data/document types, then the instrumentation.   Some information requires human authoring, so the instrumentation varies.  Roger’s question is good one in that regard,   XML is mainly a good means to move information from system to system and from human to system.   So the question is how many humans are actively handling XML authored by humans or machines, but in there day somewhere they are actively editing XML.

Then the complexity of the systems made of the XML components both as framework and as language definition.  Some old school tricks are good to know here.   A basic VB form that harnesses Open Save Transform Validate can do the lions share of the work if the schemas are well built.  Default to a basic color-coded macro-capable editor such as Notepad++ and you can get a lot done:

If you can read, apply and rejigger schemas, fragments, XSLT and VB iusing system.xml and common RTF based WYSIWYGers.

As a measure of toolspace, to me that is interesting because of what is possible with the fewest tools over the minimal skills required.  A level of skill creates tools for the next class of co-worker.  Production increases logarithmically.


Ah Bocelli.  Ave Maria. Beautiful.

-----Original Message-----
From: Nico van de Water [mailto:nicovdwater@gmx.de]
Saturday, December 03, 2011 10:42 AM
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Percentage of XML documents exclusively processed by machines?


Dear Roger, dear list members,

As regards your wild guess, I am not sure. There must be hundreds of thousands of XML-based (Trados) TTX files translated each day by thousands of different translators. In addition, there are plenty of other translation, localization and terminology tools using XML or XML-based files requiring manual human processing.

Just an idea.

With best regards,
Nico van de Water.

Op 2011-12-03 14:12, Costello, Roger L. schreef:

Hi Folks,
What percentage of XML documents are exclusively processed by machines?
Allow me to explain what I mean by "exclusively processed by machines."
First, consider the opposite - XML documents that are processed by humans. An XML document is received and then displayed directly to a human. Or the XML document is received, transformed to a visually friendly form such as HTML, and then the visually friendly form is displayed to a human.
XML documents that are exclusively processed by machines don't have a human in the loop. An XML document is received and then processed by a machine. No human ever sees the XML.
Are there any statistics on the  percentage of XML documents that are exclusively processed by machines?
I'll take a wild guess and say that 99% of all XML documents are exclusively processed by machines. Is that a reasonable estimate?
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