Transforming the user experience

(Feb 9, 2009)

We were asked recently whether the rating reports from  mortalityrating.com could be extracted into a Microsoft Office format to use in an automated document production process. As the actual reports are in Adobe PDF format, tackling this question head-on wouldn't necessarily be easy. However, all the underlying rating results are available too, as XML (eXtensible Markup Language), and that makes meeting this objective pretty straightforward.

When we decided back in 2006 to represent all our calculation output in XML, it was principally a mechanism to deliver:

  1. Decoupling / reduced dependency between software layers
  2. A generic text output format for integration with other systems

So far, so good. Butů

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Tags: XML, XSL, CSV, technology, productivity

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