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This article demonstrates how to leverage XML, LDAP, and Java technologies to create a Web-based directory lookup tool. This tool is built with a publicly available implementation of a Java/XML publishing framework called Cocoon (available at http://xml.apache.org/cocoon) and an LDAP server (we tested with the iPlanet Directory Server on Solaris). Using these off-the-shelf modules we can focus on the role of XML as a database-neutral format for data, and how it enables a flexible application architecture that lets you support both wireless and wireline clients. We'll demonstrate this with a WML client (WAP phone simulator on Windows) and an SVG client (Adobe's SVG plug-in for browsers on Windows). This article assumes the reader has a fairly good knowledge of XML and a working knowledge of XSL stylesheets. We'll first introduce WML (Wireless Markup Language) and SV... (more)