Gnome Projects and XML

Date:    Fri, 5 Feb 1999 08:36:05 -0500
From:    Daniel Veillard <>
To:      "Matthew Sergeant (EML)" <>,
Subject: Re: CORBA's not boring yet. / XML in an OS?

Quoting Matthew Sergeant (EML) (

> > From:       Robb Shecter []
> > 
> > Anyhow, this naturally makes me wonder - could XML and related ideas
> > like XSL have a place in an operating system?  Where would they fit in?
> > KDE and Gnome could be great playgrounds for trying something like this
> > out.
> > 
>       Gnome already does. It ships with a libxml if you look at it. I'm
> not sure how much it's used yet, but the Linux people are really grabbing
> XML by the horns. Both AbiWord and KWord (2 new word processors) have their
> native file format as XML.

I happen to be the author of that library. Its in use at least in the Gnumeric and Gwp, i.e., the spreadsheet and word processor, (gzipped) XML is the native format for those. I know that a couple of other Gnome projects use that library too.

XML is very much in the spirit of Linux, and this community will certainly be very active as soon as XML will be seen as the best platform and tool independent exchange format.

Daniel (not speaking for W3C in that case)

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