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   Re: [xml-dev] bohemians, gentry

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Jonathan Robie scripsit:

> I still don't understand this point. Could someone please illustrate with 
> an example that uses several kinds of software processing data that uses 
> datatypes, and showing how the presence of datatypes in that data prevents 
> it from being used except in "specific tools, environments, and situations"?

It isn't the mere presence of datatype meta-information, of course.  It's the
implicit requirement not to use the information in ways that contravene the

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