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RE: [xml-dev] more on "subelement signicance"

Michael Rossie wrote:

>Why is it really that you know what's meant by xref and

and Len Bullard wrote:

>The way to know if it is useful is to know 
>the test for utility (what properties must be 
>accounted for to identify the pattern as a member 
>of a known set or to engage a mediator to find a 
>set, or to engage a collaborator to define a set).

and Simon St. L wrote:

>> So you would say that content in two different contexts is still the same
>> content?
>I'd suggest that it depends entirely on what the reader makes of it, as

so I'm writing:

Walter Perry must be having an awfully busy week if he hasn't jumped in on
this thread. I believe it doesn't misstate his general philosophy if I say
that ultimately, when a given element serves the purpose of the party at the
receiving end, then it's useful. Len and Simon said this same thing from two
other angles in the quotes above. A DTD, doctype, namespace, parent element,
or knowledge of tribal customs (as in the case of xref, emph, a href, h1, p,
etc.) can give the party clues as to the element's usefulness. Then, if they
can use it, it's useful.

Bob DuCharme          www.snee.com/bob           <bob@  
snee.com>  "The elements be kind to thee, and make thy
spirits all of comfort!" Anthony and Cleopatra, III ii