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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 10:29:44 -0700 (PDT)
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Hi Len,
  Namaste to you too!

You seem to know Hindi (which is India's national
language). I live in India, near Delhi at a place
called Gurgaon, where hard core Hindi is spoken :) 

I like HTML a lot! Its simplicity and logical
vocabulary helps me write any complex HTML page I
wish! I first used HTML in 1997. So its 8 years now,
and almost an emotional connection with HTML. Later I
wrote JavaScript very much and enjoyed this
programming paradigm. 

I am not sure, but I think I discovered a piece of
JavaScript code few years back to submit an HTML form
via HTTP POST method.. My manager in my first
organization (He is CTO of accellion.com and a
wonderful person) wanted me to find a way, and I did
so! I learnt all web based skills there. I also wrote
a rudimentary multithreaded web server in Java. 

Just last week I wrote a XML streaming over Java
Sockets (in a multithreaded environment) application..
So programming is my passion, and gives me lot of

Have a nice day Len :)


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

> Namaste, Mukul ji.
> I'm a fast typist, but otherwise, only a philosopher
> and clown.
> HTML is structured by definition.  The POV of the 
> unstructured search engine varies tag by tag, node 
> by node.  
> The content of text nodes inside hs, ths, etc, make
> a lot 
> of difference to an 'unstructured' search engine, or
> at 
> least in the lion, gazelle and hunter model, those
> are 
> the easiest lions to pick off before diving into the
> ps 
> and the attributes of imgs.  Then there are the URIs
> themselves, but these can be controversial in some
> hunts.
> The metas are gold if used well, but otherwise, just
> annotations.   The more the author annotates, the 
> easier it is to clarify intent but not necessarily
> to 
> establish truth.  For that reason, unstructured 
> search systems are problematic the more a decision 
> relies on them in real time or in a quantum field 
> (the problem of a particle in superposition).
> len
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mukul Gandhi [mailto:mukul_gandhi@yahoo.com]
> 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
> strcutured. 
>   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!

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