Re: bohemians, gentry
At 01:50 PM 12/4/2002 -0500, W. E. Perry wrote: >Jonathan Robie wrote: > > > But all data has a lexical representation, whether or not it also has a > data > > type. > > From my point of view, this is exactly backwards, and in that difference of >perspective is the explanation for where you and I have failed to persuade one >another. I'm really not at the point that I have understood you and disagree. I simply don't understand what you are saying. >The lexical form is not the representation of data. Data--meaning, as I >think you do, semantically rich information including, in your specific >understanding, datatypes--is endowed with specific semantics by either the >actuality or the possibility that it is, or will be, used in a specific >way by a >specific process. You look at my lexical form in light of the purchase order >processing or maintenance scheduling or address reconciliation process >which you >expect to perform against it and you see in my text--reflected from your >intent of >how it be used--the datatypes and other properties which you require. This >leads >you to believe that my text is accurately understood as the serialization or >lexical representation of your abstract data structure. But it is that only >imaginable from the perspective of your process. On its own terms, it has no >abstract progenitor, no fluid preverbal Gestalt. And on its own terms it >is vastly >more useful that the particular instantiation of your abstract form, precisely >because it may be locally instantiated, and prove locally useful as many other >data forms than you narrowly envision. Could you please give a concrete example, with angle brackets and code, that illustrates the problem? I agree that processing may impose semantics on data that was not envisioned by the creator of the data, but you seem to be saying more - that providing data types in XML data interferes with unforeseen reuse. Please illustrate this with a concrete example. Jonathan
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