RE: Rant: Giving up on XML

Subject: RE: Rant: Giving up on XML
From: "Hickling, Lisa (TOR)" <lhickling -at- Express-Scripts -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 13:29:41 -0400


How fair is it to blame proponents of a documentation structure for the
failings of the industry to produce supporting tools for that structure?
So, XML writing and delivery tools aren't yet fully matured. This
doesn't mean that we shouldn't begin now to prepare for the benefits of
structure.

I'm a huge fan of DITA even though I don't think the opportunity to
implement it as an XML solution is on the horizon for me. DITA's
information taxonomy benefits are numerous and have made me more
conscious of the types of information that I produce and linkages
between types.

I agree with Eric, we are starting at the wrong end if we jump head
first into an XML implementation without dry running and appreciating
the concepts.

That's my 2 cents, adjusted for inflation and time value.

Lisa H.
GTA, ON

-----Original Message-----
From: jlshaeffer -at- aol -dot- com

1. Early evangelists for XML touted it as the universal solvent for
single sourcing. Once we got our material into XML, we would have the
power to output any parts we wanted into any output format we wanted.
They skipped all the messy part about writing our own programs or
researching esoteric tool chains to get what we wanted.

-----Original Message-----
From: eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com

The lack of comprehension of the basic reality that neither XML or
Docbook
are tools is astounding.


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