The XML specification has many complex areas, largely for historical reasons, and the widely used XML Namespaces specification compounds the complexity. There has always been interest in simplifying XML at its bedrock layer, and a community group created MicroXML, a specification that reduces XML, entirely specified, to around 8 pages even while adding a data model, which is not part of XML 1.0. MicroXML is backwards compatible yet far simpler and more secure than XML 1.0, introduced in this second article of the Simplifying XML series.
Epischema – Schema Constraints That Facilitate Content CompletionGerrit Imsieke
Adding a lightweight Relax NG schema on top of an unmodified base schema offers an advantage that Schematron constraints cannot provide: Content completion.
What is XSpec?Sandro Cirulli
An introduction to XSpec, a useful unit testing framework for XSLT and XQuery.
XML Prague, February 2017Liam Quin
XML Prague: A practical conference, a meeting of minds, a growing community, a conference about XML in a beautiful and ancient city.
Simplifying XMLUche Ogbuji
There is a great deal of complexity to the XML technology stack which has not proven necessary considering the profile of XML use in practice. XML users would benefit greatly from a round of simplification to improve efficiency of processors and reduce hostility among mainstream developers. This is also key to preserving and perhaps boosting XML's relevance. This article is first in a series advocating particular steps to such simplification.
Developing open business information exchange documentsG. Ken Holman
OASIS is a good place to create open business information exchange standards. This article gives you some pointers on how to go about doing that.
Beyond XML: Making Books with HTMLDave Cramer
An overview of Hachette's trade book publishing system.
Why You Should Be Using XSLT 3.0Kurt Cagle
A look at the upcoming XSLT 3.0 release, and why it matters beyond the XML community
Revving the XSLT 1.0 Engines: Are they all the same?Rick Jelliffe
A rough guide to the relative performance of XSLT systems on some simple XSLT 1.0 test cases.