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What is "XML interfaces"?

I'm working on a analyzation/design project that is supposed to
uncover the intricacies and implications in entering the market for
systems used by public administrations here in Denmark.

XML and its use is a very important part of constructing such a
system, since it is advised and specified from higher levels that
systems of this kind should make use of XML as basis for exchange of
documents.

In the documents and specifications describing this, there is a term
that comes up quite often: "XML interfaces". Unfortunately, none of
the authors of these documents have bothered to explain or specify
what an "XML interface" is, which means that both I, and the rest of
the group working on the project, have tried avoiding the work parts
of the project in which we need to work with interfaces.

We cannot avoid it any longer, however, and we still haven't found a
reasonable explanation for the term. Can anyone here point out some
information for us that could clarify the subject?

Thanks in advance.

--
Med venlig hilsen / Best regards
David List
Jul 20 '05 #1
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David List scribbled something along the lines of:
<snip/>
In the documents and specifications describing this, there is a term
that comes up quite often: "XML interfaces". Unfortunately, none of
the authors of these documents have bothered to explain or specify
what an "XML interface" is

<snip/>

It might help if you could give some actual quotes as I personally do
not know of an establish term "XML interfaces" either and think it might
be an author specific phrase to describe something in particular.
XML itself has no interface as it is just a way to store data. XML
editors have interfaces and you can create interfaces using XML source
files, but neither of these seem to be the intended meaning the authors
might have had in mind.

If you haven't yet, try reading through the docs without focussing on
the meaning of that phrase too much, the context might eventually give
clues as to what is tried to describe using that phrase.

Just a suggestion.
--
Alan Plum, WAD/WD, Mushroom Cloud Productions
http://www.mushroom-cloud.com/
Jul 20 '05 #2
I haven't heard the term "XML interfaces" in XML literature.

The term "interfaces" often refers to batch processes.
An "XML interface" would refer to a batch process where XML
is used as the protocol to fetch the data from one data source
and to insert some of that data to another data source. (The
batch process interfaces two systems.)

In a java sense of the word, an "XML interface" might refer
to a set of DTDs agreed upon by a consortium. For example HRXML
is a set of DTD created by a consortium of companies. Some
of their DTDs are publically available.

David List <da***@davidlist.dk> wrote in message news:<er************@initio.dk>...
I'm working on a analyzation/design project that is supposed to
uncover the intricacies and implications in entering the market for
systems used by public administrations here in Denmark.

XML and its use is a very important part of constructing such a
system, since it is advised and specified from higher levels that
systems of this kind should make use of XML as basis for exchange of
documents.

In the documents and specifications describing this, there is a term
that comes up quite often: "XML interfaces". Unfortunately, none of
the authors of these documents have bothered to explain or specify
what an "XML interface" is, which means that both I, and the rest of
the group working on the project, have tried avoiding the work parts
of the project in which we need to work with interfaces.

We cannot avoid it any longer, however, and we still haven't found a
reasonable explanation for the term. Can anyone here point out some
information for us that could clarify the subject?

Thanks in advance.

Jul 20 '05 #3
On 13 Apr 2004 11:26:44 -0700,
GIMME <gi*******************@yahoo.com>
wrote in <3f**************************@posting.google.com >:
I haven't heard the term "XML interfaces" in XML literature.

The term "interfaces" often refers to batch processes.
An "XML interface" would refer to a batch process where XML
is used as the protocol to fetch the data from one data source
and to insert some of that data to another data source. (The
batch process interfaces two systems.)
That would make sense in this context.
In a java sense of the word, an "XML interface" might refer
to a set of DTDs agreed upon by a consortium.
Or a set of Schemas?
For example HRXML
is a set of DTD created by a consortium of companies. Some
of their DTDs are publically available.


Thank you very much for your answer.

Best regards,
David List
Jul 20 '05 #4
On Mon, 12 Apr 2004 18:48:14 +0200, David List <da***@davidlist.dk>
wrote:
In the documents and specifications describing this, there is a term
that comes up quite often: "XML interfaces".


This is all too often a bullshit term from marketing. It's bullshit
because XML -- of itself -- is not an interface. XML + an XML Schema
may be an interface, if the schema is widely agreed outside the
project. Without saying what this schema is though, there is no more a
useful interface here than if they'd said "Now available in binary".

But, managers have pointy hair, and they fall for it. It's XML, it
must be good.
--
Smert' spamionam
Jul 20 '05 #5

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