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From: Rob Stewart (stewart_at_[hidden])
Date: 2002-07-11 14:54:40

From: Beman Dawes <bdawes_at_[hidden]>
> But step back a bit. I quickly scanned back over this thread, and didn't
> see anyone explaining the benefits from generating XML as they would apply
> to regression. In other words, if the sole use is to look at the output
> with a web browser, why bother?
> If we needed the final output in several formats, or to communicate data
> between unrelated parties, I understand the benefits of XML. But I'm
> missing the benefits as far as our regression tests go. Does anyone want to
> do something with the results beyond look at them with a web browser?

I believe Bill did mention that it would allow various automated checks of the
result without the need to view them in a browser. For example, with a modicum
of XSLT knowledge, one could filter the results to focus on certain tests or
compilers. A vendor may wish to format the output differently for posting on a
Web site or their own intranet. One could even automate a nightly build such
that e-mails are sent to responsible parties when select tests fail.

The point is that XML is a data representation language, whereas HTML is a
presentation language. By using XML, we permit various uses of the data
including generating HTML for the Boost Web site.

Rob Stewart                           stewart_at_[hidden]
Software Engineer           
Susquehanna International Group, LLP  using std::disclaimer;

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