Re: On the promotion and demotion of information items (was Re
On Thursday 06 March 2003 04:30, Rick Jelliffe wrote: > MS considered the information in the comments not important enough for > people to use for processing. Because XML has comments, they did not > have to throw the information away just because it does not fit into their > model: they jsut note the information as a second-class citizen. Hmmm. I think they should have just put the information in attributes and been done with it. People are free to ignore attributes they're not interested in. > Now along comes someone else who thinks "Oh, actually I can make use > of that information!" The idea that people choose the information they > want in an XML document does not only mean that people demote (strip) > information items they are not interested in, it also can mean that people > promote information items that the data provider was not interested in. Well, if the information was specified as information rather than as expendable human comments that happen to have machine-readable information stored in them AND NOWHERE ELSE, then there'd be no need to promote anything :-) What happens to this .Net config file if you strip out the comments? Presumably something breaks, unless the file isn't really a config file, but is just a representation of information stored in some other format elsewhere so the information isn't truly lost? > Cheers > Rick Jelliffe ABS -- A city is like a large, complex, rabbit - ARP
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