Re: Frontline report from the Desperate Fgrep Hacker
Steve Schafer scripsit: > > On Fri, 11 Feb 100 07:45:58 -0500 (EST), you wrote: > > >Because the documents were 100% generated by a single > >program whose behavior was entirely predictable. > > But isn't that rather beside the point? "The" point? My point was that using XML as a data representation does not dictate a processing model. > For a given application, we > can of course limit ourselves to a particular subset of XML or some > other notation, and then write code that reads and processes only that > subset. That doesn't get us any closer to answering the question of > whether or not XML (or whatever) is suitable as a general-purpose > notation for data abstraction. "General purpose" means that something can satisfy many purposes (clearly true), not every possible purpose (how can anything do that?). -- John Cowan cowan@c... I am a member of a civilization. --David Brin
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