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   Re: [xml-dev] Xml is _not_ self describing

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On Wednesday 16 January 2002 10:01 am, Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
> Such a file with foreign-language markup is more interesting and
> more importantly more useful. If the meaning of the data itself is
> not readily apparent, then I have the additional opportunity to
> figure out what language is used for the tags and to translate that.
> This opportunity is not available to me with headerless CSV. The
> meaning is there. I just have to add more knowledge to my personal
> context before I'm prepared to take advantage of it.

The formats aren't equivalent in information content though. Most CSV 
files *do* contain header information. Let's move from CSV to 
S-expressions. How about then?



       (first-name "Gavin") 
       (last-name "Nicol"))

I would argue that XML provides no intrinsic benefit over this.


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