[XML-SIG] What should we be doing?

Greg Duncan greg.duncan@tpg.com.au
Tue, 26 Oct 1999 15:46:50 +1000


Further to my earlier comments, I tried the 4Thought package and the same
comments apply, you just can't take it out of the box and run it, and the
documentation is not brilliant.

I ended up writing my own module to implement the DOM as it was faster than
mucking around with someone elses code. In fairness though I did use this
exercise to bring myself up to speed on python and refresh some XML concepts
as I have been doing 'other stuff' for the past 12 months.

I certanly beileve enough in python / XML that I would be prepared to spend
some of my personal time organising resources and testing updating
documentation for the python XML community - an advantage as being
relatively new to python, I don't make the same assumptions that you do.

If this interests anyone then let me know!

Greg Duncan

----- Original Message -----
From: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>
To: <xml-sig@python.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 1999 1:56 PM
Subject: [XML-SIG] What should we be doing?

> 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... :-(
> My only major concern with the distribution is that it is too hard to
> use. There are little bits spread all over the Internet, they compete
> with each other in confusing ways. They aren't that easy to install. The
> SIG distribution is too large. We need Python 1.6 or 1.53 to have
> "Python batteries included".
> I would suggest we should evaluate the 4thought stuff (minus CORBA
> (sorry!)) from that point of view. As an integrated package it is
> incredibly powerful and competitive with anything they have in the Java
> world. And we should finish and standardize EasySAX -- perhaps with an
> eye to stealing some ideas from SAXON.
>  Paul Prescod
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