I am sure others will add to this, but one of the reasons to do XML is to
separate your data from its presentation. Hand coding (X)HTML is a lot of
work, especially when its time to re-launch your site, make it available in
other countries, other browsers (cell phones, phones, WebTV...) Of course,
you don't have to write DTD's. Your XML must be well-formed. For message
oriented XML, I think XSchema will replace DTD's. While HTML "seems" more
concise, you'll get better search results, easier presentation changes and
better client support using XML.
One project I have been working on is having my legacy systems (written in
Cobol and even Fortran) serve up XML documents so that data can be used by
JSP, servlets, Perl, Python, or whatever.
4M Enterprises, Inc.
From: General discussion of Extensible Markup Language
[mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Santhosh George
Sent: Sunday, August 27, 2000 11:04 AM
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Subject: Re: Hi everyone
Am trying to get into XML. But honestly have'nt yet realised as to why take
all the trouble of declaring elements and attributes and all when the same
info is written much more concisely in HTML. Also what is the present trend
that XML developers are doing? Are they into XML design and creation of DTDs
or is it something which I am not aware of.
Pls - all suggestions are welcome, so that my view on the same can be tuned
to the real world trends.