Re: Wikipedia on XML
Michael Kay schrieb am 07.08.2009 um 23:17:25 (+0100): > > > > Despite the L in XML, syntax alone does not constitute a language. > > Agreed. I also agree :-) > > It's only a language if there are words. XML doesn't define words. > > I think it does define words: words like "<", "</", "<!--", and > "<!CDATA[", and sentential forms like "<"...">", "<!--"..."-->", and > so on. With the exception of "<!CDATA[" (which, just like the comment delimiters, looks suspiciously DTD-ish to me), these words can't be easily pronounced. 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. It's a bit like "One man's data is another man's metadata", so you could take either view, but I think "syntax" fits better than "language". -- Michael Ludwig
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