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   Re: [xml-dev] bohemians, gentry

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At 01:00 PM 12/4/2002 -0500, John Cowan wrote:
>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

But all data has a lexical representation, whether or not it also has a 
data type. I still do not understand why the presence of a data type makes 
it harder to take advantage of the lexical representation. I know that a 
lot of people on this list believe that it does - and vehemently believe 
that it does.

I would still like to see some examples that illustrate the alleged 
problem, preferably with real code and angle brackets. I need a more 
concrete understanding of what is actually being said.



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