Re: Tags and Types (was Re: Re: maps)
Uche Ogbuji wrote: [[ > > I think that Simon's "regular fragmentations" is a perfect fit here. An > author might quickly type something in which can be 'expanded' into a > structure given a regular expression. Voila' ... best of both worlds. Reg frags are nice to have for moving from one local convention to another, bu they are *not* a valid excuse for suppressing natural expression. A reg frag is a transformation, pretty much like XSLT, but more specialized. You seem also to be fallign into the camp of "as long as it can be transformed, who cares what form of markup is used"? ]] So you are accusing me of both suppressing natural expression _and_ being in the camp of "as long as it can be transformed, who cares what form of markup is used"? You are a hard man to please. [[ This seems very data-centric and not document-centric, and completely ignores that authoring and clarity of the format itself are as important as rendering. ]] I beg to differ. What I _am_ saying is that as long as there is a transformation, then there is a logical relationship between the two formats. If there are bidirectional transformations then the two formats are equivalent _with respect to that transform_. When we have logically equivalent lexical representations for a particular value (read: when the lexical spaces both map to the same value space) then _other issues_ such as appropriateness for a particular set of authors, users, human vs. machine readability etc. guide the choices we might make for a given application. So yes, as long as it can be transformed ... to the extent that such a transform provides a logical equivalence i.e. that we are talking about the same value with different lexical representations ... then I am in the camp that folks should choose whatever they prefer ** understanding that certain types of software, renderers, and a host of unpredicable issues will guide which lexical representation is appropriate for which application. More succinctly: I don't care :-) Jonathan
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