RE: Fixing what's broke
-----Original Message----- From: Philip Fennell [mailto:Philip.Fennell@marklogic.com] Sent: Friday, 10 December 2010 8:51 PM To: email@example.com; Ramkumar Menon Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: RE: Fixing what's broke Stephen wrote: > But hasn't HTML succeeded even more so than XML? > And hasn't that partly been down to it making assumptions > about what 'everyone understands'? You make a convincing argument from the point of view of the visual representation on mark-up in a browser. If there are missing end tags then a browser will, more than likely, display something that a human can decipher reasonably quickly. However, for data this is less likely to work. For a start, financial reporting and transactions would suffer greatly under a scheme that permitted "making assumptions about what 'everyone understands'". Regards Philip Fennell Consultant MarkLogic Corporation ------------------ I'd back that up completely. In my current project, I have to deal with standard terminology in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) sector. Not surprisingly, there are many standards, within Australia (where I live and work) and globally. So far, even dealing with only a few glossaries, I've run into multiple definitions of things like a 'basin', some of which are mere rearrangements of the same words. And we are not even talking about spelling variations which pose few problems for human readers but fail to yield proper results in ordinary automated searches. HTML tags are predefined which allow browser writers to make some assumptions. What assumptions can one make in the XML arena? My two bits - I'm only standing on the shoulders of giants! Yogesh Deshpande University of Western Sydney, Australia ---------------
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