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   RE: [xml-dev] Xml is _not_ selfdescribing

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True for CS in general.  From a document in front of me:

"This is a two-level picklist form. To describe an item in the Property List, 
it will need both a group code and a detailed description. For examples,
the group code is "SHOE", there are two different descriptions 
stored "WALKING", and "RUNNING"." 

The human problems start with the descriptions which is why 
seamless interoperability based on natural language is still 
overhyped; not worthless because it does work, just bounded 
permeably by cultures, proxemics, haptics, kinesics, and so on. 

Miscommunication can also be purposeful.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jonathan Robie [mailto:jonathan.robie@softwareag.com]

The fact that meaningful names can be used in DTDs and Schemas means that 
human beings often do have an idea what a DTD describes, but that means 
that natural language names convey meaning, not that XML conveys meaning. 
Human beins have a burning need to ascribe meaning to just about anything, 
which is why we are able to read tea leaves, play slot machines, and trade 


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