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Re: Enlightenment via avoiding the T-word
- From: "Simon St.Laurent" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Tim Bray <email@example.com>
- Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2001 10:28:17 -0400
On 25 Aug 2001 18:30:46 -0700, Tim Bray wrote:
> At the end of the day, labels are just labels. They are
> one of the stepping stones from content to semantics, but
> only one.
I've long described XML as a convenient tool for sharing labeled
structured information, but it seems to get clearer every week that the
nature of those labels and structures isn't nearly agreed upon, however
clearly specified the syntax for doing so may be. (I'm not convinced
that an explicitly defined processing model would have helped, either.)
I'm used to proceeding without any semblance of a foundation in history
and philosophy, so I guess I should be used to it in XML as well. I'd
been delighted by XML's initial clarity, so perhaps I deluded myself
briefly into thinking that we had something simple enough to share here.
Enough mourning. Back to that API I was working on. Somewhere,
Sisyphus is writing marked-up documents.