Re: Semantics (was Re: Inheritance in XML [^*])
Tim Bray writes: > Well, we just have a difference of perception. I think that > "element", "element type", "notation", and so on are profoundly > *syntactic* constructs. It seems to me that semantics and syntax are fuzzy sets (like "tall" and "short") rather than crisp sets (like "greater than zero" or "less than zero"). In the SGML/XML world, we somehow know what we mean when we talk about "syntax" and "semantics", but as this discussion has shown, it's hard to quantify _how_ we know what we know, and in the end, it turns out that we have simply set an arbitrary boundary and silently agreed to enforce it. Both the location of that boundary and the very fact of its existence are also meaningful texts that some underpaid lecturer in cultural studies might want to pursue some day. If you all think that this is troubling, try reading Jacques Derrida on natural language and the act of writing (but please don't assume that I agree with him). Then, if you want to be reassured that the world is simple and quantifiable, go back and read some of Donald Knuth's friendly textbooks. All the best, David -- David Megginson ak117@f... Microstar Software Ltd. dmeggins@m... http://home.sprynet.com/sprynet/dmeggins/ 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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