Re: Real value (was implementing single-source) (Long)

Subject: Re: Real value (was implementing single-source) (Long)
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2000 11:48:21 -0800

Dan Emory wrote:
> Bruce:
> Show me where my analysis of old vs new document management systems
> and the advantages of an XML-based system has elements of reductio
> ad absurdum argument.
> Do you dispute what I state about the ROIs that have been achieved
> by companies who have implemented such systems?

While I have no statistics, my own experience of XML (although
probably more limited than yours) leaves me with little doubt that
it can be used successfully. As I've said, it can complicate design
work, but that's not its focus. So, no dispute there. I just doubt
that it's a universal panacea.

As for my description of your argument, in my original post I was
referring to your characterization of Andrew's position, not your
analysis of the benefits. Perhaps I should have clarified that.

However, since you've raised the issue, I would add that you make
some fairly sweeping statements about old document management
systems. In particular, I'd like to mention that the statement that
files that are checked out can't be modified by anyone else is
certainly not true under cvs, the system that has been used by
thousands of free and open source developers and writers,
collaborating with dozens of people over the Internet. Linux
includes several tools for adding patches or creating a single file
that incorporates the changes made in several versions.

Bruce Byfield, Outlaw Communications
Contributing Editor, Maximum Linux
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