Re: Inheritance in XML [^*]
At 03:51 PM 4/23/98 +0200, james anderson wrote: >the recommendation does, in deed, assert a semantic for xml documents. ... >the xml recommendation defines a two relations among elements (subsumption and >precedence), defines a (yes) language for describing these relations (the dtd >entities), asserts three states for documents (valid, invalid, and >unspecified), and specifies how to infer which state a document is in based >its content. > >this is a "semantic".... Reasonable people may disagree. I believe that sequence and containment are purely syntactic in nature and imply no semantic whatsoever. Similarly I see no "semantic" in asserting that my butt is currently placed on top of a chair, or that this chair is currently placed in front of my computer. >it is disheartening to read where attention is deflected from the issue by >claiming that no semantic was intended. Get real. You may choose to argue that containment and sequence constitute, in some philosophical framework, "semantics", but the claim that no semantic was *intended* is unchallengeable because in point of fact when we wrote the spec we considered that what we were describing was syntax. -Tim 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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