• Subject: Re: using XML to build web pages
  • From: email@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (James W Kilgore)
  • Date: Sun, 28 Nov 1999 18:58:56 -0800
  • Organization: Progressive Data Systems, Inc.

Joe,

AFAIK XML -is- HTML with user defined tags that the browser (client)
will ignore.

All IBM radio ads pushing XML aside, we have not yet delved into XML,
but from the research we've done, it appears to us that XML allows for
tags like <ITEM>XXXX</ITEM> for a possible future use in EDI.

There does exist a body to attempt to standardize these "eXtentions" so
that <ITEM> means the same thing to all readers.

IBM has a "developer" site, noted in their radio ads, at
http://www.ibm.com/developer/ that will provide you the links to XML,
according to big blue.

HTH,
J Kilgore

Joe Teff wrote:
> 
> I am currently serving html from an AS/400 using
> 
>    o  static html located on the IFS
>    o  Net.Data macros
>    o  CGI written with RPG IV
> 
> Using either Net.Data or CGI, the html document doesn't
> exist, rather it is generated and returned to the browser by
> the HTTP server. To the browser it is a HTML document
> and it doesn't care how it got there.
> 
> I was asked recently if I could use XML to generate the web
> pages instead of HTML. I know that XML is converted to
> HTML either at the server or the browser. Since the end
> result is HTML, I cannot understand why anyone would want
> to generate dynamic XML with the only purpose to convert
> it to HTML to view as a web page.
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