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June 21, 2007

Goodbye CollateXML, hello CollateX

Filed under: Introduction — @ 1:32 pm

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At last, we are moving. Today I began setting up the source forge site that will take all the code as we start work on the program. And in the process, I did what I have been planning to do for some time: change the name of the program from CollateXML to CollateX. Those who have read all the postings on this (of course, all of you) will know the reason for this change. We plan that the program should be able to collate texts in any format whatever, by devising a single canonical input form and then having translators into this canonical form. Thus it will be able to collate XML, sure: but it will also be able to collate many other formats, including indeed old-style Collate 1-3 files.

2 Comments »

  1. I agree 100% that while XML is important, some projects may require other formats. Interestingly enough, the previous blog post I just read said:

    XML is not the answer. It is not even the question. … Some people, when confronted with a problem, think “I know, I’ll use XML.” Now they have two problems. … XML is something you use for interoperability, not your core functionality.

    Comment by Zeth — June 28, 2007 @ 1:07 pm

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  2. Zeth you absolutely right. XML is seen as the universal solution to ever problem, which it plainly is not.
    As with any problem you have to first define the problem, then find solutions that fit this. Now a days it seems that people are moving more towards what the blog you link mentions, people just jumping on the XML bandwagon.
    XML is a good way of marking up text, as this is what it was designed for, so a new collation system should be able to cope with taking XML input (along with other formats). Internally the system should not work entirely in XML. XML isn’t the best way for a program to cope with information, a program generally converts the XML to something easier to deal with (structures/objects etc) and then deals with it like this, which is the way this new system should work.

    Comment by andrewwest — June 29, 2007 @ 12:26 pm

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