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   Re: [xml-dev] heritage (was Re: [xml-dev] SGML on the Web)

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Patrick Durusau wrote:

> That a serialization syntax is based on a particular data model is fine.
> But the interpretation of that serialization syntax should not be bound to
> the data model of its origin. (For those readers with a literary criticism
> background, this can be roughly compared to adapting reader-response
> criticism to markup processing. As Stanley Fish would say (adapted):
> "...what they are searching for [structure of a text] is never not already
> found." From the conclusion of: "Is There a Text in This Class?")

Obviously I agree with this, and would push the point even further,
insisting as I do that there is no a priori data model of the syntax
formalized as XML 1.0. The Infoset is an incomplete (as its editor continues
to admit, I believe) abstraction derived from the syntactic possibilities
permitted in the XML Recommendation.


Walter Perry


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