At 06:51 PM 1/15/98 -0500, Paul Prescod wrote: >james anderson wrote: >> >> greetings, >> >> am i the only one who is struck by the frequency with which such clarifying >> remarks appear on this list? i know there was "SGML" and there was "HTML", but >> why is does XML have to be "XM<EM>L</EM>"? >> 1. the PR is so absolutely clear that it is intended to be a notation and not a >> language. > >My definition of language (and it is hardly one I invented!!) is a set >(perhaps infinite) of strings. The definition of the language states >what strings are in it and what strings are not. The set of strings >conforming to PR-xml are in the language and the set not conforming to >it are outside. The "Language" part of XML (and SGML) is not so much the problem, because they're both obviously languages (according to the commonly understood definition that Paul provided). Calling them "Markup Languages" is where the names really get confusing because we tend to think of "tag set" as a markup language. To be really proper, I would say that they're markup *meta*languages, or markup language *generators*. Or languages *for* [making] markup. These aren't very pretty options, though... Eve xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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