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   Re: Gutenberg Project <longish>

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  • From: Ann Navarro <ann@webgeek.com>
  • To: Richard Lanyon <rgl@decisionsoft.com>, xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 15:00:41 -0500

At 05:05 PM 3/14/00 +0000, Richard Lanyon wrote:
>On Tue, 14 Mar 2000, Ann Navarro wrote:

>> 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.

Display semantics and structural semantics are entirely different beasties. 
Display, no matter which DTD is used, will always be governed by the style

>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.

And that's not going to change, whether or not Project Gutenberg uses TEI,
DocBook or anything else. 

No single DTD will meet the needs of anyone who might need to use a given
text for a wide variety of purposes. 


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