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Simon St.Laurent <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> email@example.com (Uche Ogbuji) writes:
> >> There is - or should be - a lot of room for markup applications
> >> without the "Knowledge Technology" claims piling on.
> >To be fair there is - or should be - a lot of room for data
> >applications without the markup claims piling on.
> If you're going to use markup, you need to think about
> markup. If you're doing data processing and don't give a
> damn about markup, there's probably something better than
> markup out there you should be using.
> I'm not using knowledge technologies, so I don't feel
> obligated to think about them. If I start working in OWL or
> anything heavy-duty in RDF, I'd feel obligated.
> The kinds of labels used in XML don't require such theory,
> IMHO. While it's helpful to understand the relational
> calculus to normalize data for storage in relational
> databases, there's also a level where you can do
> normalization (I call it "information demolition") without
> ever getting into the calculus.
> Hell, I don't think we've begun to figure out what we can do
> with the syntax. Rushing forward into semantic theory seems
> really premature.
If you're not going to have semantics then why do you need syntax ?