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  1. Yeah...well done! You noticed By the way...I am Dutch...but the word game above was no mistake, I know what 'bs' stands for.Regards, Wim.
  2. Boen_robot,Thanks again for your information. I was not familiar with the term "data islands"in this context.I have a different background (mainframe; core application programmer).Anyway, my knowledge of (X)HTML/XML is rudimentary and my knowledge of microsoft-anything is, basically, non-existent!I will ponder over, explore and exploit your information. Thanks for your time.Regards, Wim Ahlers.
  3. boen_robot,Thanks for your reaction.So, if I understand correctly, text is possible, but for atributes like links and images it isn't.By the way, when I said "the web page does display the data of the XML file correctly in the various web browsers", I merely meant the latest releases of the most commonly used web browers used by my target audiance (a specific organization!).I did not mean all relaeses of all web browsers used by everybody.My apologies for the for the misunderstanding created by me.If I understand correctly, the only solution to create and control, as you call it, these "data i
  4. Description:While creating XHTML web pages I try to separate the data likely to change (such as for instances addresses) from the more stable contents (such as logo's, general descriptions and the like).The idea is to separate the data that is likely to change on a regular basis from the main pages.And separate this data for ease of maintenance and and ease of updates using (coded) interfaces.This can be accomplished in several ways, of course, like storing this data in a database and use some kind of script language to built the page on the server side.But for various reasons I decided to ex
  5. COBOL contains programmatic constructs that are superior than C++ and, I assume, C#I say "I assume C#" because I am not familiar with C# but I assume it is similar to Java....and of course I can give examples...but that is asking for COBOL details!Are you prepared!?!On an other note...I don't want to start a code war of "my-language-is-better-than-yours".I often use the example that a truck is good for moving loads and a Ferrari is good for speed.This makes a truck a bad 'fast driving' car and the Ferrari a bad 'transportation' car.But neither the truck nor the Ferrari is 'bad'...they just hav
  6. Aha...you have the wrong impression!I do not sneer about XML at all. On the contrary.I am thrilled about XML and dying to use it!I already asked the forum a question about a specific detail about using XHTML.Regretfully this information was lost due to the hacker activities last week.And about limited tasks...XML has a limited task. It is for defining structure only.You prefer the all-in-one solution, which I have personally never seen.I prefer delegating responsibilities of cooperating systems,Such as RDBMS, transaction systems, queing systems, processing systems (n.b. this is the core progra
  7. boen_robot,What is XSLT without XML?I approached your example for the fact that XSLT is the presentation definer for XML!XSLT by itself has no meaning nor function.I could be grossly mistaken of course!....my knowledge of XML is rudimentary!Regards, Wim.
  8. boen_robot,XML is descriptive! That is the whole idea behind XML (or SGML for that matter).It describes structure. But XML is not intended to be a program language.It would be unwise to simulate extensive database queries, even though, due to the defining nature of XML, this is (some what) possible.Therefore to 'criticize' XML for the fact that it is not an all inclusive language or database (n.b. XML is not a program language nor a database!) is unjust and ignores the domain for which XML was intended, namely: (definable, strict and parseable) structures.The sneers at COBOL are equally unjust
  9. ATTENTION! OFF TOPIC!Just for the record...referring to the example given previously...The instruction to separate a comma delimited record into its fields (field1 to fieldX)and count the length (into field1Counter to fieldXCounter) is done by the single instruction: UNSTRING theCommaDelimitedRecord DELIMITED BY "," INTO field1 COUNT IN field1Counter field2 COUNT IN field2Counter field3 COUNT IN fleld3Counter field4 COUNT IN field4Counter fieldX COUNT IN fieldXCounterEND-UNSTRING Ask yourself the questions: Does this need any further comments? Is it too verbose? Or
  10. You can always find an instruction in any language that is better than any other language.Thus, it is a bit pointless to compare instruction sets and find exactly that instruction that is better than the solution in any other program.I can easily find instructions in COBOL that are hard to code in, for instance, java.But, as said before, a futile and pointless discussion.About comments (/* bla, bla, bla .... */):Comments are both a blessing and a curse!The curse comes when years pass by and no maintainer or programmer feels responsible for modifying the comments after making a change (or addit
  11. Stability! readability! transportability!Try to read, run and/or modify a system written in C++ of 15 years ago!How easy is it?...in reality!Actually...it is reverse! C and C++ can do more than COBOL! Thus COBOL can do less!That is because COBOL is good in just one thing: Core financial applications!There hardly is any screen logic (read:presentation logic) in COBOL!And if there is, it usually is vendor dependent (read: non-standard).Displaying any result from a COBOL program is the responsibility of a program good at displaying information.COBOL was never intended to control the spaceship, ga
  12. I like COBOL...but that is a bit off topic on this forum.I am a professional COBOL application programmer.Most people do not know what COBOL is, or the fact that COBOL is the backbone of the financial world.I like the power, flexibility, speed, expandability and stability of COBOL...given its target...which is commercial automation!Since recently I am involved in presenting the information c.q. web pages (XHTML/XML, CSS/XSLT)...for which I am a total novice.Regards, Wim Ahlers.
  13. Let's get one thing straight!This was not a hacker but a cracker!A hacker finds faults and then reports and informs so that any security leak can be fixed.This infantile idiot is like the teenager who thinks it is 'cool' to leave his name in graffiti on a subway for other infantile idiots to see who do the same.I have no respect whatsoever for crackers!Regards, Wim Ahlers.
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