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   Re: XSL and the semantic web

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  • From: David Brownell <david-b@pacbell.net>
  • To: John Cowan <cowan@locke.ccil.org>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Jun 1999 11:03:41 -0700

John Cowan wrote:
> David Brownell wrote:
> > 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.

I think you're agreeing with me, then, when you say that providing
only one "view" is a firewall.

The example you give of "source only" (v. "binary only") not being a
firewall supports what I said too -- since that's an example of looking
at the "whole web", for an extremely restrictive view of "web".

If I were to attach some source code to this message, it wouldn't
really be sufficient _in itself_ to present a web.  You'd need to
know something about its platform environment to compile or execute
it -- more of its web.  You'd need to know something about its intent
to choose whether to try -- more of its web.  Perhaps you'd need to
understand the language(s) it used -- more of its web.  And so on.

- Dave

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