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   RE: [xml-dev] Is an element's name metadata?

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I usually avoid the distinction unless forced
otherwise by a tool or framework, because it often
limits people's imagined use of information.

XML itself says nothing about this, which is good IMO.
What you describe in your second scenario looks a bit like 
RDF-XML... where the structure of the data has
about-ness implications.

- Chris

-----Original Message-----
From: Gustaf Liljegren [mailto:gustaf.liljegren@bredband.net]
Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2003 12:18 PM
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: [xml-dev] Is an element's name metadata?

I've heard some people say that the markup is by itself metadata, that an
element's name is metadata, because it describes the element's content:

<reporter>    <-- This is metadata
John Smith    <-- This is data

Isn't this wrong? Comparing to what I learned from Dublin Core, metadata is
data too. It's not just the name of a property. I'd say it's the element's
context that decides whether <reporter> is a data or a metadata element.

<reporter>    <-- This is just the name of a property
John Smith    <-- This may be metadata, depending on the element's context

Is this the right way to think about metadata in XML?


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