XML Conf 2007 First Day

by Keith Fahlgren

Just like last year, I'll be blogging from XML Conference 2007. Rather than imposing some editorial structure, this'll simply be a serialization of the things I hear from various speakers in various sessions.


2007-12-03 10:51:00
“Any notation that has acquired so many enemies… has got to be doing something right.” MSMcQ

Sounds Good. Maybe Later.

It isn't the number of enemies, Mike; it is the Right Enemies at the Right Time in the Right Place.

The web was created on the predicate that users are too lazy to notice that quality of information is secondary to the ease and speed with which it can be obtained.

Unfortunately, it was true. Now it is standard.

XML was created on the predicate that programmer's are the dumbest people in the computer science market. Unfortunately, it was true. Now, it is required.

Between these truths is a sea of silliness proving that in the end bread and circuses are all one needs to rule.


"Buh buh buh buh... that's ALL Folks!"


Michael Day
2007-12-03 13:17:30
"That said, there have been some surprising jumps of server-side technology into the client (Java and XSLT)."

That quote is actually backwards; my point was that Java and XSLT were designed as client-side technologies, but ended up relegated to the server instead, much like XML (and RDF for that matter).

2007-12-03 14:37:07
Which appears to be the trend overall, Michael. Wherever the client-side languages don't move to the server, they are being quickly replaced by ones that do. This is the core of the standards battle in virtual worlds and I suspect elsewhere given the failure of peer-to-peer technologies to get more traction while the giant-data-center-web-on-a-chip market investments are soaring.

I still find it weird that we spent so much time on a web concept only to have reinvented the mainframe. It is as if we risked all to save the passengers of the Titanic or to get people out of a burning wal-mart only to see them rush back in to hear the band or to pick up one more bargain.

Robbert Broersma
2007-12-06 04:00:46
"How can we make XML editors UIs less confusing (b, i, u buttons) for people who don’t know XML? Many authors find the behavior of XML tools broken."
That is _exactly_ what Xopus does; it allows you to edit any XML format as intuitively as editing in Word, or the like. Just specify what elements should behave as paragraphs, emphasis, sections, lists, tables, etcetera; and all the shortcut keys and toolbar buttons you know from Word come to life in your browser.