XML & Postmodernism, was: Separation of formatting...
Gregg Reynolds wrote: > > Personally I've come around to a pragmatist position on this, after some > time as a radical Free The Text purist. It's just not possible to > encode information without also encoding something about what we're > supposed to do with it, any more than it's possible to draw a "real" > line segment. But we can certainly do some very useful things by > trying. > > An interesting paper on a similar topic is at > http://www.sil.org/sgml/ohco1.html, "Refining Our Notion of What Text > Really Is: The Problem of Overlapping Hierarchies." > -- That's a great paper! Was/is there any attempt to address these issues in XML? -- the idea that there is no unique logical privileged perspective as it relates to the encoding of a text (or at least there shouldn't be); that multiple hierarchical sub perspectives can exist orthogonally within a non-hierarchical perspective. The work of any parser would be to deconstruct whatever perspective he/she wished (through a stylesheet perhaps). What immediately came to mind were namespaces: <P:person> <P1:name> Mr. <P2:first>Thurston</P2:first> <P2:middle>J.</P2:middle> <P2:last>Howell</P2:last> , III </P1:name> </P:person> Where P2,P1 are sub perspectives of P. With a perspective aware parser, this no longer becomes mixed content. If you follow the logic through then there should really be no unique logical API for XML such as SAX or DOM... -- Jason R. Cupp (jcupp@e...) The Pennsylvania State University 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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