RE: HTML in XML -- What to do?

Subject: RE: HTML in XML -- What to do?
From: "Ed Nixon" <ed -dot- nixon -at- LynnParkPlace -dot- org>
To: "'Miller, Lisa'" <Lisa -dot- Miller -at- Anheuser-Busch -dot- com>, "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 18:48:30 -0500

To step back a pace: the conventional way of thinking about this XML/HTML
stuff is that the XML is 'transformed' into HTML via the XSL stylesheet.
Consequently and without knowing the details of your situation, you are over
complicating your life by having HTML embedded in the database data. It
sounds as if you are asking the XSL stylesheet to handle both XML and HTML
at the same time. I don't think it's worth the aggravation.

Further, it's going to be virtually impossible to make any XML/XSL component
'behave' with respect to missing end tags because XML prohibits un-closed
tag pairs.

Finally, relying on the Microsoft XML tools may put you in left field
because they tend to be out of date with the specifications/standards.

Again, without knowing the details, it sounds as if the designers/developers
need to go back and rethink the approach.


PS: It's interesting this being the second XML related posting I've seen
today. I don't recall much, if anything coming through in the last number of
months. I wait with anticipation for the tsunami to hit. ;-)

> -----Original Message-----
> [mailto:bounce-techwr-l-19740 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com]On Behalf Of Miller,
> Lisa
> Subject: HTML in XML -- What to do?
> I'm prototyping XML output from a database. The information
> in the database
> contains HTML tagging; therefore the generated XML also
> contains HTML tagging.
> I get an IE5 error that my tags aren't closed. Specifically,
> I am using list
> tagging (<UL></UL>,<OL></OL>, <LI>) in the database. Does
> anyone know how to
> get the XSL parser to handle the HTML in the XML? (Tooooo
> many new acronyms,
> sorry).
> Lisa Miller

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