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   Re: [xml-dev] Is HTML structured or unstructured information?

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  • To: "Bullard, Claude L \(Len\)" <len.bullard@intergraph.com>, xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Is HTML structured or unstructured information?
  • From: Mukul Gandhi <mukul_gandhi@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2005 08:05:56 -0700 (PDT)
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Hi Len,
  I am not as knowleadgeable as you are. But IMHO

  1) HTML is a language for displaying content of the
web page. As for any content, HTML can be treated as
unstructured information. 

  2) On the other hand, I think, since HTML is a
vocabulary for Web GUI, it can be treated as

  3) Since HTML is also a computer language, it can be
treated as such by many people.

  4) To my experiance, relational data can be treated
as structured information since relational data is
handled by SQL.

Just my opinion!


--- "Bullard, Claude L (Len)"
<len.bullard@intergraph.com> wrote:

> Is HTML structured or unstructured information?
> "Structured information may be characterized as
> information whose intended
> meaning is unambiguous and explicitly represented in
> the structure or format
> of the data. The canonical example of structured
> information is a relational
> database table. Unstructured information may be
> characterized as information
> whose intended meaning is only loosely implied by
> its form and therefore
> requires interpretation in order to approximate and
> extract its intended
> meaning. Examples include natural language
> documents, speech, audio, still
> images, and video."
> IAW that definition, it is unstructured.  OTOH is it
> really 
> a mixed variety and that definition, polar and
> incomplete?
> len
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