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Subject:Re: Giving up on XML From:"Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> To:"techwhirlers" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, <quills -at- airmail -dot- net> Date:Tue, 13 Mar 2007 23:01:00 -0700
XML *documents* are often (but not necessarily) structured, and
it is probably true that that will always need to be done manually,
just as converting a single Word doc file to a FrameMaker book
requires manually building the book file. But right now most
XML apps that cost less than a Toyota can't even automatically
create the formatting as well as Frame can import an RTF, and
until it can don't expect writers to effectively work in the format.
OTOH, it is possible that structured XML will become more
cost-affordable in the same way that websites did, as today's
junior high students learn to work in XML as part of the
process of writing home-brewed games so that we can hire
them as $10/hr interns to do the hands-on work of structuring.
----- Original Message -----
From: <quills -at- airmail -dot- net>
> I beg to differ Gene, what you are hoping for will never occur. XML
> is structured, and by its very definition cannot import an
> unstructured document (Word, and even FM) and create a DTD. It may
> attempt to do so, but I doubt it would work. It certainly wouldn't
> work with an unstructured, and by most usages, nonstyle formatted
> Word document.
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