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   RE: XSL and the semantic web

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  • From: Miles Sabin <msabin@cromwellmedia.co.uk>
  • To: 'XML Dev' <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 17:47:45 +0100

John Cowan wrote,
> 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 firewalls.

This analogy is actually quite dangerous to your
position. Typists are freely available (free speech,
not free beer). As long as the semantic info is
available (hardcopy or HTML crud) it can be 

Copyright/IP problems? Presumably ditto for unauthorized 
use of information presented in a machine accessible way.



Miles Sabin                          Cromwell Media
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