I'll assume you've submitted the official version, but you're willing to
introduce gratuitous inconsistencies in the Web version. ;-)
Under "XML: Marking up Everything...", the first sentence is garbled - your
cut and paste get stuck? Did their editors catch it?
A couple of things I was left wondering about. Not necessarily something
your paper should address, but interesting questions raised.
- Who is your target audience, HTML weenies with only passing familiarity
- What is the future of SGML? Does anybody -really- need it anymore?
- Is "mission-specific markup" a readily understood term? Do you need a
glossary of words like 'ontology'? Does everyone in your audience know these
things, or are you just showing off your education?
- I'd like to see the bCard DTD as an Appendix - is it really at that URL?
- Would it make sense to do a "PowerPoint" DTD which could represent
paginated and outline data? Is it in general possible, or ever desirable,
to use XML as your application's primary data storage format?
- Can any relational database (assuming only alphanumeric data) be fully
described via XML with an appropriate DTD
- Will people write XML-parsing browsers as a matter of course?
- Will HTML be viewed as a special case of XML, or will "normal" people use
HTML, application developers write DTDs for XML, and people in specific
domains use specific variants (dialects? what's the term?)
- I also notice you seem to mention but understate the use of XML as an IDL
replacement - is that deliberate?
Anyway, overall a fascinating read, and an interesting tone. I may even
read some of the references. I hope it is well received.
-- Ernie P.
Begin forwarded message:
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 06:12:57 -0700 (PDT)
From: I Find Karma <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: X Marks the Spot.
I've finally incorporated all of Rohit's suggestions for our
paper introducing XML to the IEEE Internet Computing audience
(for their July/August 1997 issue, which just went to press).
So, our article "X Marks the Spot" is now ready for prime-time:
Comments are welcome, to improve the web version of this document.
In a moment of reverse ego surfing Khare put up a link back to Cooper's
page to facilitate the further researches of self-referential Net
-- Keith Dawson