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- From: Miles Sabin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: 'XML Dev' <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 18:17:49 +0100
John Cowan wrote,
> Miles Sabin wrote:
> > 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
> > transcribed.
> Typists can regenerate the surface form, but not the
> lost semantic markup.
Are you sure about that? Granted they _might_ not be
able to restore the semantic markup that was placed
there by the originator (tho' I think they might well
be able to infer a lot of it in many cases: remember
they're people not machines).
But in any case, do we necessarily _care_ about the
originators markup? Yes, if their idea of what's
significant matches ours, but not necessarily otherwise.
So our typists, or maybe 'knowledge engineers', add the
markup _we_ want.
A dreadful prospect, I agree, and clearly contrary to
the spirit of the semantic web, but, I'm afraid it looks
to be pretty much consistent with your open/closed
source analogy (which was the only thing I was quibbling
Miles Sabin Cromwell Media
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