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 15:11:11 -0400

> > But as soon as you implement a specific XML instance for use in a
> > process, all three advantages evaporate

> Not so - read advantage one and three again.

I still stand by my assertion. You lose advantage one as soon as your
system/implementation is large enough that any changes will cost too much
to migrate legacy data and/or it costs too much to migrate interconnected

As for number three. Phh. 'Little' effort? Depends on how
small/insignificant your implementation/system is. As soon as you system
is significant, the effort to change it becomes significant.

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

> Only if you are afraid of open source software.

Rubbish. Whether you embrace open-source software or not, it takes time
and effort to develop, maintain, and improve/modify a system. As soon as
that system is significantly complex and/or large, the costs and effort
become significant regardless of what kind of software your using.

Consultants setting up open-source software solutions cost as much as
consultants setting up commercial packaged solutions. Indeed the
open-source solution may be far more expensive considering you may have to
support development costs in uncharted territory.

Eric L. Dunn


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