RE: XSD: Proposed Goals, Rev. 3
At 03:04 PM 5/28/98 -0700, Andrew Layman wrote: >(As I use the terms, "metadata" means descriptive information summarizing or >supplementing a document, while "schema" means a collection of named items >and their definitions, which names and definitions are necessary for >understanding the document. For example, a card catalog entry and a book >review are both metadata (relative to the book) while a dictionary and >grammar are schema.) Supposing for the sake of argument that we accept these definitions of the two terms, is the difference important? It's far from clear to me that all information about information can be partitioned into "that which summarizes/supplements" and "that which is necessary to understand". Hmmm, if you re-write that second condition as "that which can be used to support formal validation" then it starts to sound like a really material distinction... boy, I get nervous when we start bandying about the term "understand". Arguably the common thread that it's all information about information is more interesting. But these are matters certainly open to debate. I kind of think that the thing people have in mind in this group when they say "schema" is "expressions of syntactic constraints which can be verified mechanically" or some such. But once again, it's certainly useful to explore these issues so we have some shared grounding in what people really want when they ask for schemas. -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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