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Re: Wikipedia on XML

  • From: Michael Ludwig <milu71@gmx.de>
  • To: XML Developers List <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
  • Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2009 02:24:17 +0200

Re:  Wikipedia on XML
Alexander Johannesen schrieb am 08.08.2009 um 09:43:17 (+1000):
> On Sat, Aug 8, 2009 at 08:39, Michael Ludwig<milu71@gmx.de> wrote:
> > With the exception of "<!CDATA[" (which, just like the comment
> > delimiters, looks suspiciously DTD-ish to me), these words can't be
> > easily pronounced.
> :) Do you speak any of the thousands of ant languages? Or dolphinese?
> Or mooish? Or, uh, Klingon? Heck, we don't have to go further than any
> other programming language out there being damn hard to pronounce.
> Just because you can't pronounce them does *not* mean it ain't a
> language.

As pointed out in my previous reply, it depends on your definition of

> > But even if they could, I wouldn't think of them as words. They
> > arrange parts of sentences, they're a structural skeleton, maybe
> > not totally dissimilar to punctuation.
> No, I think they are carriers of semantics in the sense English words
> differentiate between verbs, subjects, nouns, etc, it's just that the
> syntax is different. You might say XML is a half-breed between
> language and syntax.

If you want to see the angle brackets as a vocabulary, that's fine with
me. But I find that the look and feel is more like syntax. Both points
of view could be argued for, maybe one with more ease than the other.

One man's language, another man's syntax - or meta-language.


Michael Ludwig

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