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   Re: Top-down or bottom-up?

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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 08:37:59 -0400 (EDT)

Paul Prescod writes:

 > I do not see why a data model has any higher requirement for
 > business models, use cases and so forth than a language like HTML,
 > XLink or XML namespaces. In fact, I would argue that those
 > languages always have an implicit data model reflecting implicit
 > use cases and business models. We can make the data model explicit
 > without making the use models explicit.  Isn't that essentially
 > what the information set is doing?

I am quite comfortable helping to design a data model for XML, because
XML *as a language* is a closed system; I am not (yet) comfortable
helping to design a data model for the Web in general.  Perhaps we
have been misunderstanding each-other.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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