RE: XML as a document language

Subject: RE: XML as a document language
From: Berk/Devlin <armadill -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 24 May 2001 20:06:40 -0700

Hi Guys:

In my experience, XML is great for transferring non-voluminous quantities of structured information between (nearly) any data source and (nearly) any programmable data formatter.

For example, I publish this events calendar monthly:

I used to re-format the data by hand into HTML every month but that got old quickly.

Then I wrote a quick and dirty PHP program that processes through the data (which I have first converted using macros into XML). The PHP transforms the XML into HTML for me. The conversion into XML takes me like 15 minutes and saves me two hours a month of drudgery. If I could just find the time to create an input form for the person who compiles the calendar, I'd be out of the loop completely.

If you have well-structured data that changes regularly and that is displayed consistently on a page or on a screen, XML MIGHT be for you and it's really not hard to do.


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