• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL
Help

Chapter Four. XML Conquers the World (An... > Web Publishing Tools for the Rest of...

Web Publishing Tools for the Rest of Us

As this brief survey shows, what XML-aware software products described earlier in this chapter do at a price, XML-based languages do for free in the hands of clever developers. In turn, these developers often create new products to facilitate the needs of their fellow designers, developers, and authors.

Personal publishing software like Movable Type (www.movabletype.org), used by HTML-savvy and nontechnically oriented publishers alike to maintain web journals, news sites, and web logs, employs XML-RPC to facilitate site management and XML RSS to automatically syndicate and distribute content to other XML-aware sites [4.7]. While Movable Type grants its users the power to publish, XML gives Movable Type the ability to exist.

4.7. Movable Type, a convenient web publishing tool, uses XML derivatives to facilitate site management and make content available to other XML-aware sites (www.movabletype.org).


Movable Type is but one of several publishing products that use XML to manage and syndicate content. Others include Radio UserLand [4.8], UserLand Frontier (http://frontier.userland.com/), and Pyra Software's Blogger (www.blogger.com). These products are continually growing in popularity, as a second wave of personal publishers, including those who missed the initial web “revolution,” discover the joy of sharing their thoughts online.

4.8. Radio UserLand (http://radio.userland.com/) uses XML derivatives like SOAP to “take all of the hassle out of website publishing so you can focus on writing, posting pictures, and linking to sites you like.”


Thus, as personal publishing spreads, so does XML—not only among sophisticated developers but also among those who've never heard of the XML standard and would be hard pressed to write XML (or sometimes, even HTML) on their own.

What's sauce for independents is sauce for market leaders. Flash MX imports, exports, and works with XML, thereby adding the business benefits of standards-based data exchange to the proprietary creative power of Macromedia's widely used design tool. Developers can use the same XML data to drive Flash and non-Flash versions of a site, saving time and expense while making better use of resources.

  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint