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Web System Design Considerations

Robin Davies
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Joined: Dec 26, 2003
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If i am developing a web system.
Why would i consider using XML as a pose to HTML.
If i want to target my web system at users of pc's and intelignet mobile devices? any other reasons?
Input much appreiciated!

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William Brogden
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Joined: Mar 22, 2000
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Some of the usual reasons for using XML are:
Well debugged tools for creation, checking, storing in databases, transforming etc for XML text. See for instance Open Office (free!)
Well developed standards, not only for XML but also for manipulation - ie XPath, and many other standards - see www.w3.org
Ease of syndication - ie RSS
Flexibility of output using well-known tools such as XSLT.
Existing projects such as Cocoon that have explored the idea.
Very big committment by major industry players - MicroSoft, IBM, Oracle etc. to XML.
Don't get me started about those stupid light bulbs.
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