> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rich Kilmer [mailto:rich / infoether.com]
> Sent: Monday, September 10, 2001 8:40 PM
> To: ruby-talk ML
> Subject: [ruby-talk:21055] RE: Question about RAA listings
> 
> 
> > I'm putting together a web site devoted to Ruby and XML, and plan 
> > to include
> > a listing of available Ruby packages for processing XML.  Most of the
> > information would likely come from the RAA, but I would like to include
> > details that currently aren't part of the RAA listings.
> 
> Are you going to write a book on Ruby and XML ;-)

Wouldn't be a bad idea ... ;)

> 
> BTW:  Great book on VB and XML

Thank you!

> 
> > In particular I want to list dependencies, and an explicit notice of
> > whether or not any native-code libraries or compilation is required.
> > 
> > Two questions: Does anyone know of an existing XML syntax for
> > describing software (e.g. author, OS, version, dependencies, ...),
> > and would it be possible to have the RAA listings include a few 
> > more details in the main listing?
> 
> I don't know of any specifically, but maybe start with the Dublin Core and extend for source code specific (OS, etc) tags?

That's a good place to start if I can't find something prefab.  I've thought about
using some variant of RDF, too, but I have to believe *somebody* has already
thought this out.   But maybe not, so perhaps it can be born with Ruby.

James