[XML-SIG] Scriptics Connect

Paul R. Brown prb@uic.edu
Mon, 25 Oct 1999 10:17:06 -0500

I agree with Fred's questions.

I also think that good products -- or even good looking products -- are
discouraging to see.  I consistently think, "Doh.  I thought about doing
that."  But then I think of something else...

IMHO, the XML world is by no means fully formed.  XPath is young, schemas
are just out of the gate, and there are still a *huge* number of problems to
solve.  The buffet of fun stuff to do is going to remain open for a long

If we want to energize ourselves, let's pick a problem and work on it as a
group.  Any suggestions?

	- Paul

> -----Original Message-----
> From: xml-sig-admin@python.org [mailto:xml-sig-admin@python.org]On
> Behalf Of Fred Yankowski
> Sent: Monday, October 25, 1999 9:47 AM
> Cc: xml-sig@python.org
> Subject: Re: [XML-SIG] Scriptics Connect
> On Mon, Oct 25, 1999 at 10:17:42AM -0400, Guido van Rossum wrote:
> > Has anyone seen this in action?  What should be our response?  Python
> > used to be #1 in the XML scripting world -- lately, I don't see that
> > much activity... :-(
> Well, what's our goal?  The XML-SIG page says:
> 	With appropriate software packages, documentation, and a bit
> 	of publicity, Python could become the premier language for XML
> 	processing. The goal of this SIG is to decide what software is
> 	required for this purpose, and coordinate its implementation
> 	and documentation.
> So, where is the SIG falling short?  Is there specific XML processing
> functionality that is missing?  If so, what is the most important?  Is
> the Python XML software too hard to install?  Is the main problem a
> lack of documentation and examples?  What are the most important
> problems that the XML-SIG could/should address now?
> --
> Fred Yankowski  <fcy@acm.org>
> P.S.  I've seen the "wish list" on the XML-SIG status page, but it
> seems to be a grab-bag of ideas that might not be current or complete,
> and the priorities are not obvious.
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