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Re: Java-based XML browser and implementation comments

From: Len Bullard <cbullard@hiwaay.net>
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 1997 16:13:48 -0600
Message-ID: <330B7B1C.7062@hiwaay.net>
To: Peter@ursus.demon.co.uk
CC: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
Peter Murray-Rust wrote:
> 
> I have just completed a preliminary distribution kit for my XML/CML
> browser JUMBO (Java Universal Markup Browser for Objects) and you are
> welcome to have a play.  The points relevant to the WG are:

> The main point is that I thought that XML was a subset of SGML and 5
> minutes with vi would fix the files.  Not so.  I think people will not
> be very happy to have to have two version of files for entity sets.  I
> suspect there will be a real need for tools that 'convert SGML to XML'.

[snip]
 
> A general conclusion is that you will need to give a good deal of help
> to people who want to convert from SGML.  There are bits which aren't obvious
> and bits which you might expect to be there and aren't.  This conversion is
> not just the document instances, it's the whole lot.  (This isn't meant
> to sound negative... but it will be even harder for PhaseII).

That is bad news.  If XML is a complete break with SGML, then 
there is trouble ahead.  The San Diego conference could have some 
rough moments if the attendees are knowledgeable.

len
Received on Wednesday, 19 February 1997 17:25:31 UTC

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