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In a message dated 18/04/2003 17:25:25 GMT Daylight Time, simonstl@simonstl.com writes:

I'm not sure I share your enthusiasm for computer-mediated meaning. 


One of the dreams of XML ... at least it was one of my dreams way back then in circa 1998/1999 ... was of XML-based search engines which would be able to extract "real" meaning from computer held data.

If computers can't express/encode/mediate human-meaningful meaning how can worthwhile XML-based search engines come into being?

Among other issues, it seems to me that we need to find some sort of mapping (or mappings) from human-recognised meaning to computer-expressible meaning.

Doing it in single limited-scope problem domains may be reasonably easy, but finding a general solution seems fairly daunting. At least to me.

I appreciate that we are a long way from, for example, having data routinely stored in a semantically-meaningful (is that a meaningful term?) way but shouldn't we be exploring ways to move towards that?

Andrew Watt


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