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   Re: [xml-dev] Re: Living Documents (Was: We need SAX etc ..)

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In a message dated 25/10/2002 18:05:59 GMT Daylight Time, jcowan@reutershealth.com writes:

No, the others also take the document to mean what they believe it to mean.
Objective "meaning" is a myth: reality is too subtle to be snared in a
net of words however cleverly chosen.

An alternate interpretation is that objective meaning *is* a reality but that we simply lack the tools reliably to identify the objective meaning.

Meaning or the words to attempt to attempt to express it is interesting territory. Assuming that what we are trying to describe in a specification, ... XML is perhaps one example ... is itself a tool to help us to use a model (which is itself only a rough approximation of reality) I think these types of difficulty highlight the potential difficulties ahead for any attempt at a semantic Web which goes beyond the most simple concepts.

Andrew Watt


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