Live-Blogging TOC 2011: Norman Walsh on XML and Publishing

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Norman Walsh from MarkLogic about broader landscape of standards and how they work together…

Mark is talking about a range of new standards and conventions for using XML-based stuff in making books. This leads me to think that there is a huge gap between the folks who started this space, the geeks, and the rest of the world, which doesn’t think of stories and books in terms of schema. I get a thrill from information structures, but I suspect that getting the value from the things that Mark is talking about will elude most people. Culturally, there is a gap between people who code and everyone else in the existing world of books. That’s a shame, because the stuff of story-making and telling is worth attempting to translate into code. Doing that, and making code more a part of the way people think and share, will put more power to publish into individual’s hands.

It would be good if there was a way of connecting the idea of transforming information structures and the capabilities for making rich experiences in HTML5 with the needs of telling a story and telling someone about how something feels. For example, this page:

http://www.w3.org/wiki/HTML_XML_Use_Cases

…has some scenarios that are completely abstracted from reality (as they should be), but no way in for those without a fairly technical background. Because it’s my job I get it, but having the standards created by people who are more interested in technical documentation is like English being created by Western Union…

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  1. i like this! bringing story-telling/making and code together…

    By Jill Detweiler
      February 14, 2011 – 4:47 pm   Permalink

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