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O'Reilly XML You Can Touch (XML in use in GNOME)

Oct 13, 2001, 18:15 (1 Talkback[s])
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"So it's time to introduce a new way of ranking XML technologies. Being somewhat fed up of the dot-bomb and marketing ethos that newest is best, I prefer to maintain that tangible is best. What I mean by tangible could be helpfully illustrated by a story: my first job in the computer industry was working for a news agency. Unusually at the time for a software developer, I got a lot of satisfaction from the fact that hundreds of thousands of people would see the result of my work. I could show a newspaper to my family and say "I did that!"

An exciting use of XML for me now isn't just a spec, it's a use of XML that will actually result in something, well, useful. Maybe you can't show your family, but there might be a chance that more than a handful of people will value what you're up to. This leads me to talking about particular projects that make good use of XML. Although open source programs for direct manipulation of XML are often trumpeted, for instance, Xalan and Xerces, we've seen less attention paid to the deployment of XML within the more general field of open source software. There are in fact some interesting results to be found. Nobody has forced open source developers to use XML, and they're certainly not in it for the money or buzzword-compliance, so we can find there uses of XML where it stands on its own merits.

Aside from being immersed in XML, I've been a keen follower of the GNOME desktop project for a good while. Thanks in no small part to the efforts of Daniel Veillard, an ex-W3C hack now working at Red Hat, GNOME has adopted XML quite deeply. GNOME's core XML component, LibXML, provides the platform with an implementation of SAX, DOM, XSLT, and even OASIS catalogs."

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