Mike Taylor wrote:
> Really? It's hard for me to see how this is a good idea. Surely our
> problem at the moment is how to improve take-up of SRU as it currently
> exists --
What do you think might improve the take-up of SRU? Or put another way,
why do you think people are slow/reluctant to use SRU?
> Not to mention bringing the
> resulting protocol yet closer to the Z39.50 it was deliberately
> designed to simplify.
Is SRU simpler than Z39.50? Both use obscure transports (SOAP v. ASN1 &
BER) that have/had notorious interoperability problems. Both come with
an obscure query language that will be pretty daunting to the newcomer.
If you want to simplify z39.50 I think you can go a whole lot further
than SRU. And in the real world people do go a whole lot further than
SRU and go and create their own interfaces that hide behind urls that:
o) may or may not be HTML form driven
o) spit out a variety of stuff including HTML and XML.
Which is where the so-called 'Description Language' comes in.
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