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Date: Fri, 16 Apr 1999 13:38:39 -0400
From: Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro, gps
Subject: InformationWeek on XML.

February 8, 1999 Information Week has an article by Don Kiely, entitled 
XML: More Than Just A Quick Fix. 

The article describes XML and its related standards, 
the Extensible Style Language (XSL) and XML Linking Language (XLL).

XSL is like a programming language for the data in XML pages. 
It provides simple Case statements (xsl:choose), conditional branching 
(xsl:if), and condition and loop testing (xsl:for-each).
The second part of the XSL spec is used to provide formatting objects
with attributes you can set for flexible formatting.

XLL gives far greater linking capabilities than HTML, including links to
multiple destinations, bidirectional links, links with custom
behaviors, links to locations within documents even without special tags 
and a wider span of addressing to different page elements.

Finally, IBM, Unisys, and other partners recently published
proposed XML Metadata Interchange proposal (XMI), which integrates XML with 
the Uniform Modeling Language, and the Object Management Group's 
Meta Object Facility repository standard. 
XMI will let developers of distributed systems share object models. 

The article also describes XML namespace mechanism, designed to avoid 
conflicts between same tags in different applications.

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