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RE: What is an XML document?
- From: Michael Fitzgerald <email@example.com>
- To: John Cowan <firstname.lastname@example.org>,Michael Beddow <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2001 10:52:27 -0800
An XML document concretely describes abstract notions. Without concrete
representations, an abstract notion may exist but may not be useful for
practical purposes. Gertrude Stein comes to mind. I paraphrase: "An XML
document is an XML document is an XML document."
From: John Cowan [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, January 19, 2001 9:04 AM
To: Michael Beddow; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: What is an XML document?
Michael Beddow wrote:
> er, where's the other voice in this rather interesting dialogue?
> I'm getting only John, not Danny.
Sorry, my error. I mistakenly added xml-dev to a posting
to a different mailing list.
But a precis of the debate is that Dan thinks "XML document" to be
a purely abstract notion defined by a formal rule. Whereas I think
it just means "document which is in well-formed XML", where
"document" is a concrete notion referring to something that has
This has practical consequences, because I say an XML document doesn't
exist unless every external entity referred to from the document
entity exists. Dan says that "exist" is not a useful notion for
XML documents, any more than it is for integers.
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