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Subject:RE: XML - where's the beef? From:KMcLauchlan -at- chrysalis-its -dot- com To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Wed, 30 May 2001 11:24:06 -0400
Well, John and Darren, I guess that was my point.
XML was being touted as a combination of the
power and flexibility of SGML with the ease
and convenience of HTML.
We seem to be agreeing, then, that it's come
out as a back-room tool, and not something
that will ever see the end-user light of day.
Certainly not an upgraded HTML replacement.
HTML will live on, bristling with more and more
plug-ins and extensions, as the user interface
of the web. XML will live behind the scenes,
but will still need to be converted/exported
out to "standard-of-the-day... whatever-day-
today-is" HTML... plus ActiveX and/or Flash
and/or MPEG9. Nobody's likely to mass-market a
viewer because the very power and flexibility
of XML makes it too variable. There's no economical
way to make an equivalent of HTML+CSS... or
there's no gain to be had from doing it, when
HTML+CSS plus some plug-ins already exist.
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