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   Re: Babel (again) or standard taqs and aliases (UDEF, Bizcodes)

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  • From: Len Bullard <cbullard@hiwaay.net>
  • To: KenNorth <KenNorth@email.msn.com>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2000 22:23:47 -0500

KenNorth wrote:
> Interesting article in Intelligent Enterprise -- another solution to
> avoiding the "Tower of Babel" problem.
> The author writes about the Universal Data Element Framework (UDEF) and
> semantic convergence.

Ok.  Back at ya!  Look beyond the tower to the languages
that emerged.  They evolve and have common words yet 
still evolve.  Common meaning is found by translation 
and from that, shared concepts.

XSL rewrites like AWK.  A bottom up top down set of of pattern 
rewrites. Languages, like species, organize by communities of shared 
semantics, aka, the community of interest.  That the auto 
industry should choose to make its own schemas and repositories 
is not surprising.  Makers like Ford trained their staff in 
SGML a decade or go, so why not?  They have the chops.

Myths like the tower of babel, shining moments of clarity of heros,
whatever, are just myths.  The engine of change in the evolution 
of languages are the local centers of authority.  Auto schemas 
and the organization of trade by such evolve as long as the auto 
makers wish them to and they do.  The semantic of a tag is what 
someone wants it to be.  That is all you need to know.

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