Re: Adam Bosworth Article - what does "direct access" mean?
"Cavnar-Johnson, John" wrote: > Fundamentally, I don't see how the XML documents I define and use within > my systems have a negative effect on you. Do you somehow fear that bad > XML documents will drive out the good, even if your systems never come > into contact with mine? Yes, it is exactly this analogue of Gresham's Law that is a problem. Earlier today, bryan (http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/200301/msg00312.html) posted some XML which appeared to carry very little information as a document in its own right, precisely because it was intended for a narrow use by a single application. Such documents are designed for ease of direct access--by a particular application--and for that very reason are well-positioned to drive out more information rich documents which require greater manipulation to use. One point of the internetwork topology is that because you as a publisher of documents do not know who might be interested in them, you must expect at least the possibility that any system might want to access them, and that it is not necessarily a violation of your documents if they can be put to useful service by someone you never expected. If we abandon an internetwork of documents rich in information which may be usefully manipulated in unique combinations by uniquely valuable services, we all lose. We need other people's data, and we need it badly enough for it to be worth our effort to find it, comprehend it and instantiate it for our own uses. Just because it is inconvenient for programmers we must not refuse to take the most appropriate data on its own terms, and instead accept only what conveniently comports with our datamodel. Respectfully, Walter Perry
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