Santosh: Thank you for the explanation. It helped me
quite a bit.
Can the Netscape 4.7 under Linux handle the XML parser
requirements? If not what browser would you recommend?
And, how can you determine the browser capabilities? I
have not been able to find any such info?
[log in to unmask]
On Wed, 14 Jun 2000, you wrote:
> You might have already got and idea by browsing the net , foll are some of the
> points I could gather from the books and magazines I've read that summarize the
> strengths and weaknesses of XML
> Why XML
> The document creation with XML is very simple compared to SGML.
> The XML documents are readily portable over the net, when compared to SGML.
> HTML documents are also portable, but it has certain limitations like it
> cannot identify the data it displays.
> XML is extensible since the author of XML document can define his own tags
> but HTML has certain, only those tags a author can use, because the browser
> can understand only those tags.It is not limited to a predefined set of
> XML documents can be used for storing data .
> XML can be used for data transformations using what is called XSLT ,
> I'll try an give an example.
> Say a company accepts orders from different vendors , each
> having their own data structure , most of the structure may be common to
> the company , but because of certain discrepancies different cases have to
> be considered. But this can be be overcome by using a common XML document
> and DTD ( Data Type Definition ) to which all can conform.
> XML documents can be moved to any format on any platform -- without the
> elements losing their meaning. That means you can publish the same
> information to a web browser, a PDA, or a network-enabled bread
> machine and each device would use the information appropriately.
> Using XML with XSL or CSS, you can manage your Web site's content and
> style, and change style in one place (the style sheet) instead of editing
> piles of HTML files or, worse, editing the scripts that produce HTML
> dynamically. Using SAX or DOM, you can treat Web documents as object
> structures and process them in a general and clean way.
> Weaknesses : its not yet recognized by all browsers , XML needs a XML
> parser which is not provided by all browsers. Internet Exploree
> 5.0 has it , other XML parsers and tools are available as freeware.
> I hope I was able to provide the information you were looking for