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RE: Personal reply to Edd Dumbill's XML Hack Article wrt W3C XML Schema
- From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: "Simon St.Laurent" <email@example.com>, XML DEV <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2001 12:52:20 -0600
The User Agent Sat On A Wall
(apologies to Lewis Caroll who was well-formed and is now well-dead)
`Don't stand chattering to yourself like that,'
The UserAgent said, looking at her interface for the first time,
`but tell me your name and your business.'
`My name is WebService, but --'
`It's a stupid name enough!' the User Agent interrupted impatiently. `What
does it mean?'
`Must a name mean something?' The WebService asked doubtfully.
`Of course it must,' the UserAgent said with a short laugh: `my name means
the shape I am -- and a good
handsome shape it is, too. With a name like yours, you might be any shape,
`Why do you sit out here all alone?' said the WebService, not wishing to
begin an argument.
`Why, because there's nobody with me!' cried UserAgent. `Did you think I
didn't know the answer to that? Ask another.'
"`When I use a word,' UserAgent said, in rather a scornful tone,
`it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less.'
`The question is,' said WebService, `whether you can make words mean so many
`The question is,' said UserAgent, `which is to be master -- that's all.' "
Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti.
Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h
From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:email@example.com]
I'm coming more and more to the opinion that the only semantics which
matter in the end are the semantics seen by the recipient of the message.