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uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com (Uche Ogbuji) writes:
>> The subject line of this message, though, suggests pretty strongly
>> that some folks see semantics as a way out of a syntactic trap.  I
>> believe those folks are fooling themselves at best.
>I've written a *lot* of parsers in my career.  Tweaking semantics in
>aid of syntactic problems and vice versa is a class of technique I've
>used innumerable times.  In fact, many of these techniques are well
>known and old hat.  My experience, and that of many others in the
>field is shows practical results that belies any notion of "fooling". 
>I'm sorry if your experience is different.

Are we talking about the same thing?  

In the case of XML 1.0 syntax/semantics and parsers, what you say
reflects my own experience. On the other hand, much of this conversation
- starting from Roger's article - is about interpretation that seems way
above 'parsing' to me.  Maybe there are two or more meanings for that
word, each appropriate in its own context.

>I guess I'll just go on fooling myself, since it seems so helpful to
>my productivity.

If it works for you, great.  Just don't try to standardize that on me.

Simon St.Laurent
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Errors, errors, all fall down!
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