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

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  • From: "KenNorth" <KenNorth@email.msn.com>
  • To: <xml-dev@xml.org>, "cbullard@hiwaay.net" <"Len Bullard"@mail.hiwaay.net>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2000 01:30:55 -0700


Not sure I'm getting your point. The recent articles by Lewis, Hogan, and
Taschek all observe the same phenomenon -- trading communities are inclined
to develop their own XML vocabularies. You observe that is to be expected.
OK, I'm with you so far.

> Auto schemas and the organization of trade by such evolve as long as the
> 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.

>         http://www.cpm.mmu.ac.uk/jom-emit/2000/vol4/jan_s.html
"Nevertheless, even though there is a long critical tradition of conceiving
music as in some sense akin to verbal language - with, accordingly, a
distinct phonetic, syntactic, and semantic content - in reality music,
unlike primarily referential symbolic systems such as language and painting,
has the property of having no fixed semantic structure."

Here's where you lost me. On the one hand, you mention the auto industry
scenario where semantics are context-dependent or community-driven. On the
other hand, you cite a paper ("Replicating Sonorities") that basically makes
a case that music has low semantic content.

So we've got:
1. Patterns emerge, imitation follows.
2. XML, like music, conveys syntactical structure but not semantics.

Is there something else that I'm missing here?

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