Re: Help with Docbook

Subject: Re: Help with Docbook
From: eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 13:59:02 -0400

Jan Henning <henning -at- r-l -dot- de> wrote on 07/24/2003 01:26:39 PM:

> However, with XML you have three potential advantages over proprietary
> formats such as Word and FrameMaker:

> - The definition is completely open. This is not true for the standard
> binary FM and Word formats, although it is true for MIF and, I guess,
> RTF.

> - The definition is extensible.

> - There are tools that understand the principles of XML and can be
> adapted with little effort to your particular advantages.

But as soon as you implement a specific XML instance for use in a given
process, all three advantages evaporate and you're back in the same world
as FM-Word if you want to connect two systems or migrate to a new one. The
only advantage is that you yourself can tackle the monumental task of
making the conversion and don't have to fork over huge dollars to Adobe or

But then again, the existence of ridiculously priced XML-SGML systems and
consultants blows that last argument right out of the water. :P

Eric L. Dunn


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