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   Re: Gutenberg Project <longish>

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  • From: Richard Lanyon <rgl@decisionsoft.com>
  • To: xml-dev@XML.ORG
  • Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 17:05:28 +0000 (GMT)

On Tue, 14 Mar 2000, Ann Navarro wrote:

> XML, in good part, is about *not needing* to pick one single way to do
> things. You don't need to have people declaring 'best viewed in X browser'
> any longer. 
> There's nothing incompatible nor non-interoperable about well-formed and
> valid XML. 

There's nothing /syntactically/ inoperable about it, no, but at least
some of the problems with, say, viewing the same HTML page in
different browsers are /semantic/ - they're to do with how you
display (i.e. interpret) a given element/attribute. If you want to be
semantically interoperable XML per se isn't going to help much.

As far as this particular debate goes, there can be a great deal of
inoperability if someone decides to mark up a text with less
"granularity" than is required for the structure someone else is
trying to fit it into.

Richard Lanyon (Software Engineer) |     "The medium is the message"
XML Script development,            |             - Marshall McLuhan
DecisionSoft Ltd.                  |

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