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Hi All,
I am in the process of designing a system for an insurance company. This insurance comapany has number of products for their different types of customers.
We need to design our application in such a way that the system should be flexible enough so that the new products could be added without having to make lot of changes in the existing system.
We plan to have a css (cascading style sheets) for the front end for each of these products and some generic methods which would the processing at the back.
Is there a better way of doing this using XML technology? Please let me know.
Regards,
Milind

 
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Why dont u use XSL as XSL syantax is implemented in XML lingo and also u have a lot more flexiblity then CSS because CSS is just display where as XSL can also be use to modify the XML file,
and generate the o/p in whatever format u want i.e. u can generate a WML o/p html o/p or other XML file.
XSL provides a lot of flexiblity and looks to be easier as compared to CSS.
Hope this info helps.

Originally posted by Milind Kulkarni:
Hi All,
I am in the process of designing a system for an insurance company. This insurance comapany has number of products for their different types of customers.
We need to design our application in such a way that the system should be flexible enough so that the new products could be added without having to make lot of changes in the existing system.
We plan to have a css (cascading style sheets) for the front end for each of these products and some generic methods which would the processing at the back.
Is there a better way of doing this using XML technology? Please let me know.
Regards,
Milind


 
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In the context of Milind's original question, I would just like to emphasis that XML is not an altenative for CSS. XML is just a data representation format and you will still need a mechanism( XSL/XSLT ) to present that data in a readable format to your clients.
Also think about this - if you don't need to exchange your data with third-parties and/or process the data received from an external source, you may not need to use XML at all. XML might be an overkill in a closed system.

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IBM Certified Developer - XML and Related Technologies, V1.
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