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Re: SD1 - Proposal: allow in valid XML-Documents only

From: len bullard <cbullard@hiwaay.net>
Date: Wed, 21 May 1997 19:12:39 -0500
Message-ID: <33838F77.2723@hiwaay.net>
To: Peter Flynn <pflynn@curia.ucc.ie>
CC: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
Peter Flynn wrote:
> Steve DeRose writes:
> > The total costs for different forms, given an n-char GI are:
> [...]
> The more I look at the arguments, the more convinced I am that
> XML is not likely to be a meaningful format for distributing
> database-resident bulk data. This shouldn't surprise anyone: it
> was never designed to do this. You want to ship bulk data, you
> send a Java applet followed by a gzipped datafile, and let the
> applet generate XML locally for the display.
> ///Peter

This gives me pause.  I now wonder precisely which applications 
it will be good for. If all you are doing is sending XML to the
display, HTML works pretty well for that.  So what I get from 
XML then, is a display format with more complex hyperlinking?


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