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>De : Elliotte Rusty Harold [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>Envoye : mardi 15 janvier 2002 16:49
>A : email@example.com
>Objet : Re: SV: [xml-dev] XML=WAP? And DOA?
>On Tuesday 15 January 2002 08:34 am, dehora wrote:
>>> In the XML world, 'self describing' seems to mean, self-describing,
>>> ie, XML data holds all the information needed to process and
>>> understand it.
>That's too big a leap. Self describing means XML documents say
>*something* about the data they contain. It does not mean they say
>*everything* about the data they contain. It certainly does mean they
>hold "all the information needed to process and understand it."
>Something may not be everything but it is not nothing either.
>Something can be quite useful.
The problem is that "self-description" is seldom understood that way by the
public. Educated people have a hard time to agree on the definition of
"self-description", so we should not throw such buzzwords at people who tend
to listen to the IT press and to the marketing people of various companies.