[XML-SIG] Scriptics Connect

Greg Duncan greg.duncan@tpg.com.au
Tue, 26 Oct 1999 11:02:08 +1000

That is precisley the problem that should be addressed - documentation.

As a relatively new user to PYTHON but with 9 years SGML / XML experience, I
was struggling to lean the language (not too hard) and deal with the XML
tool kits and public domain software.

I found that in some cases it was easier to write something myself rather
than to deal with a peice of software I had found on the net. In many
instances the documentation was completly wrong or referred to an earlier

If we want Joe Public to accept python as a serious tool for XML processing
then it sure needs to be made easier to get up to speed.

My 2c for what it's worth
Greg Duncan
Moore Business Systems

----- Original Message -----
From: Fred Yankowski <fcy@acm.org>
Cc: <xml-sig@python.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 1999 12:47 AM
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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