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> "Thomas B. Passin" <email@example.com> writes:
> > Yes, but who is "we"? If I'm American and you are French, we may have
> > frequent discrepancies. More to the point, if one or both of us is a
> > computer, how will it know how to interpret it? Well, you say, the
> > programmer knows. And if we want to have a variety of software agents
> > the interpretation? How do they know?
> Um, because I said at the top of my document that the type system I
> was using was ``w3c-standard-french'' and you said you were using the
> ``ieee-arcane-american'' type system. Both of us have the
> appropriate context for each others documents and using that context
> we know how to interpret the `date' element. Whether or not we can
> or indeed want to interoperate is another problem and mostly depends
> on whether we need to. Needing to would probably imply that we use
> the same type system.
There you go! A bit of metadata to establish a bit of semantics, and we're
off to the races!
> With my date hat on, why shouldn't I be able to define a UK bank
> holiday type wherein I can refer to the forthcoming Whitsun bank
> holiday? That's quite a handy type for me to use and, once you've
> understood the context of my type, you can use it too! Curiously,
> though it probably won't match or be interoperable with the US
> national day type. But then, why would I want to interoperate with
So we can take both holidays, what else?