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   Re: [xml-dev] [permathread:semantics] What Markup Is For

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"Bullard, Claude L (Len)" wrote:

> "Nodes is Nodes.  Properties is Properties.  Tell me who gets to name the Names
> so we can get on with business."

I don't know the source of this quote. I would, however, insist that it is just
as potent to choose items by their names as it is to give those names to those
items. Both are necessary forms of recognition. Both are expressions of
expertise. Both are effectively the association, via the name, of the thing named
to a local process, in the execution of which some part of the thing named is
instantiated with particular type and value. In Sean's example, the
percussionist's primary expertise is realized when he plays notes, whether they
are presented to him in musical notation or by some other labelling scheme, and
thereby instantiates their types and values. If this particular percussionist
claims additional expertise as a teacher he must demonstrate it by labelling the
musical types and values of his notes with words which his audience can recognize
sufficiently to associate epistemological processes of their own with the musical
content which the words describe, and from that content identified by those
labels to elaborate their own particular semantics.


Walter Perry


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