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I don't disagree but...
The question is, isn't there a point of diminishing
returns where it would be more economical to fetch another resource
that can inform a process over repeating the same self-descriptive
information in every representation? I mean, that is how stylesheets
work best. The case for completeness in self-description is far
from made given current practice. I'd rather trade two gets for
the maintenance costs (yes, one might not force the get across
the net but do it by making the resource dispenser do that work).
From: Tim Bray [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
My position is that to the extent that documents can be
self-describing, you win. I certainly don't deny that there's a cost
in verbosity and that the trade-off is not obvious. -Tim