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   Re: [xml-dev] What is "semantic markup"?

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In a message dated 30/10/2002 12:31:48 GMT Standard Time, d.dui@cs.ucl.ac.uk writes:

BTW I don't see how it could be possible to obtain a generic language to
define semantics as it is for syntax. So whether decoupling is good or
bad we have to live with it.


If it's possible to produce a semantics-describing language I certainly wouldn't expect the task to be easy.

I think it could be useful to try to dissect out what semantics are.

I made a preliminary attempt in a post to TAG a couple of months ago:

Unfortunately, TAG didn't seem to want to know. I found it surprising that W3C doesn't at least encourage an exploration of such issues.

Maybe my suggested classification was hopelessly naive. But attempting to arrive at a classification of semantics seems to me to be a potentially useful endeavour. Not least since it could assist communication about what we can or cannot tell about the content of an XML document.

Andrew Watt


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