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- From: John Cowan <email@example.com>
- To: XML Dev <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 12:40:07 -0400
David Brownell wrote:
> Hmm ... do you see them as issues in other contexts? Information
> is transformed routinely, every day. Frankly, I don't want to to be
> getting a complete history of everyone's life every time I deal with
> them; I'm happier to work with the current context (far smaller!).
> That sort of time/history based "semantic firewall" is very useful,
> for all that it's subject to abuse by all parties.
[other examples snipped]
> If the semantic content is a "web" then anything short of looking at
> the whole web at once (yeah, right!) is looking through a "firewall".
There is a fundamental difference between providing a multiplicity
of views and creating a semantic firewall.
Providing source and binary is a multiplicity of views. Providing
binary only is a firewall. Providing source only is not a firewall,
because compilers are freely available (free speech, not free beer).
Providing hard copy and soft copy is a multiplicity. Providing
hard copy only is a firewall.
Providing HTML rather than XML, or PDF rather than HTML, are
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