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- From: John Cowan <email@example.com>
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Sat, 12 Feb 100 13:22:06 -0500 (EST)
Steve Schafer scripsit:
> On Fri, 11 Feb 100 07:45:58 -0500 (EST), you wrote:
> >Because the documents were 100% generated by a single
> >program whose behavior was entirely predictable.
> But isn't that rather beside the point?
"The" point? My point was that using XML as a data representation
does not dictate a processing model.
> For a given application, we
> can of course limit ourselves to a particular subset of XML or some
> other notation, and then write code that reads and processes only that
> subset. That doesn't get us any closer to answering the question of
> whether or not XML (or whatever) is suitable as a general-purpose
> notation for data abstraction.
"General purpose" means that something can satisfy many purposes
(clearly true), not every possible purpose (how can anything do that?).
John Cowan email@example.com
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