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Data Islands are um sinking

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    bikini

    Apparently they're "old"... ('will be phased out according to the life-cycle for those components') so what's the alternative as of MSXML 6?

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    Zarniwoop

    Have you tried putting a bag of XML in an HTML document and then browse it with FireFox? It just renders it. Then season it with some CSS and, tada, nice tables or whatever you like. I hope this is the kind of technique they will replace data islands with.

    For other data intensive uses external files will always be the preferred way, and I don't think MS will steer away from XML all the way. Wink
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    bikini

    No idea what you just said there... sorry. Wink

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    bikini

    Uh, more generally: what are the implications of a component being "phased out" (bad as it sounds)?

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    Harlequin

    It just looks like those things aren't in MSXML6, but are still in MSXML3/MSXML4. Perhaps MSXML7 will have everything? Page is quite vague...

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    bikini

    This makes little sense.

    (MSXML) 4.0 Developer's Guide (2003)

    There is an increasing need to be able to embed "islands" of data inside HTML pages... these data islands can be written in XML... the W3C expects to evolve the HTML specification to include the capability of embedding XML in HTML documents.

    MSDN/MSXML

    [This feature was implemented for MSXML 3.0. Later versions of MSXML might not support it.]

    When XML was first gaining acceptance, there was an increasing need to be able to embed "islands" of data inside HTML pages...

    Sounds like: "now that it's proven useful, maybe we should go ahead and drop that feature"... what?

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