Q10: Are there any other comments or thoughts about your project you would like to share?

JMM: XML has proven to be much easier to work with than I anticipated. The tools such as DOM4j and PHP's SimpleXML just seem to work, reliably and first-try. This makes projects move much faster than some other technologies.

MG: In games it is useful to have compact file formats that parse very quickly. Since XML is a text format, it is fundamentally slow to parse. Some XML parsers have subsystems that partially pre-parse and generate a binary file format that has a direct analogy to XML. It is important for interactive applications to have access to tools such as that.

BA: XML is the foundation technology, the underlying tool, the Tupperware containers in which to put information and, by doing so, free it from previous constraints in delivery. presentation, and maintenance. It is the basis of Content Management and information reuse and single-sourcing – or it can be. The concept of putting information (content) in containers is one of the key concepts of using XML. There are so many uses of XML today. The uses of e-commerce, of electronic transactions are growing and probably driving the use of XML more than our meager effort to contain technical content. The new buzz words are informatics and analytics (really just information and analysis, with machine-reading thrown in), which are made possible by XML and XML-related technologies.
  • Database publishing – from small companies using database behind their web site to manufacturers publishing their catalog of zillions of parts on the web. Internal as well as external.
  • Content management systems offer complete control to an organization by allowing authors and SMEs to check out content and revise it.
  • Real Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary is a way for newspapers and other organizations to share their news.
  • Portals within an organization, the next generation of intranet, allows employees to access company info throughout an org.
  • Genome project and ongoing DNA research is an example of huge amounts of info that are being tagged. Medline is a comprehensive literature database of life sciences and biomedical information.

SS: In the case of electronic technical manuals, I think XML is better suited for tech doc collections or tech manuals that require constant revisions rather than one time developments.

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