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Invisible Markup Community Group

We choose which representations of our data to use, JSON, CSV, XML, or whatever, depending on habit, convenience, or the context we want to use that data in. On the other hand, having an interoperable generic toolchain such as that provided by XML to process data is of immense value. How do we resolve the conflicting requirements of convenience, habit, and context, and still enable a generic toolchain? Invisible XML (ixml) is a method for treating non-XML documents as if they were XML, enabling authors to write documents and data in a format they prefer while providing XML for processes that are more effective with XML content. This is an ongoing project to provide software that lets you treat any parsable format as if it were XML, without the need for markup.

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Welcome to ixml

Welcome to the Invisible Markup group! If you join, for everyone’s benefit, please introduce yourself on the list, saying who you are and what your interest is in ixml.

Background

As you will see from the initial messages to the mailing list, the group ran for a few months as an ad hoc group, before putting it on a more official footing; the minutes of the earlier meetings have been grandfathered in.

For more background on ixml, as well as the draft specification, see https://invisiblexml.org. There is also a github repository at https://github.com/invisibleXML/.

Meetings

The current plan is to meet monthly on the second Tuesday of each month (Tuesday being the second day of the week); the next meeting is planned for 13th April. 15:00 UTC for one hour.

That one meeting is one hour later than normal. May’s meeting will be 11th May. 14:00 UTC for one hour.

The meeting location is: https://meet.google.com/dfz-rwpj-opq and the meetings will be minuted on IRC at irc://irc.w3.org:6667/#ixml

Details of W3C IRC use are here: https://www.w3.org/wiki/InternetRelayChat and here: https://www.w3.org/wiki/IRC.

Call for Participation in Invisible Markup Community Group

The Invisible Markup Community Group has been launched:


We choose which representations of our data to use, JSON, CSV, XML, or whatever, depending on habit, convenience, or the context we want to use that data in. On the other hand, having an interoperable generic toolchain such as that provided by XML to process data is of immense value. How do we resolve the conflicting requirements of convenience, habit, and context, and still enable a generic toolchain? Invisible XML (ixml) is a method for treating non-XML documents as if they were XML, enabling authors to write documents and data in a format they prefer while providing XML for processes that are more effective with XML content. This is an ongoing project to provide software that lets you treat any parsable format as if it were XML, without the need for markup.


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This is a community initiative. This group was originally proposed on 2021-03-16 by Steven Pemberton. The following people supported its creation: Steven Pemberton, Michael Sperberg-McQueen, John Lumley, Tomos Hillman, Georg Rehm. W3C’s hosting of this group does not imply endorsement of the activities.

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