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   Re: A Plea for Schemas

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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: 01 Nov 1999 19:35:04 -0500

Paul Prescod <paul@prescod.net> writes:

> Tim Bray wrote:
> > 
> > Note "machine-readable" in the sentence above.  At this point in history,
> > it's the human-readable part of schemas that seem to me to have the
> > biggest payoffs, because that's what the programmers read before they
> > write the code that actually does something useful. -Tim
> Any programmer that reads the prose but doesn't read the schema is bound
> to make many avoidable assumptions and mistakes.

Et vice-versa.  The only reason that formal languages are less
ambiguous than natural ones is that they're not capable of saying much
in the first place.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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