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But the Turtles became The Mothers of Invention.
The point may be to recognize how names are used
in practice. Nothing in XML should change because
it works best when it is blithely unaware of semantics.
OTOH, we can't be so maybe recognizing cases where a
name names a type vs name names an instance of a
type can help us either clarify the practices or
invent better support for them.
Abstractly, nodes is nodes and properties is properties,
and we understand it, but it seems to confuse people
who can't resist seeing element types as class
declarations minus the methods. That of course sends
the entity/attribute camp members up the tree, and
so much for kumbayah.
We ask the top turtle it's name. As long
the top turtle remains balanced, we
don't worry about the name of his subordinate being
correct because we don't have to care. Otherwise,
we ask the top turtle to name his turtle.
class turtle IS_A turtle
An element type names a type. If we want to know
the type of the turtle, we should put that in the
document returned by the namespace URI. Why shouldn't
From: Michael Champion [mailto:email@example.com]
On 8/24/05, Bullard, Claude L (Len) <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Or negotiate semantics.
> Oh look, yet another meta-spec. :-)
It's turtles all the way down, young man! (c.f.
http://members.tripod.com/TheoLarch/turtle.html among many others)