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On 8/24/05, Bullard, Claude L (Len) <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> 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.
My point was more or less "XML is just labeled data". What meaning
you as a human, your simple code, your bleeding edge OWL-inferencer,
or your Sci-Fi Strong AI impute to those labels is not XML's business.
However high you stack these turtles, the only thing at the bottom of
the stack is the primitive notion of a "label".
> 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.
I think we have tortured this metaphor in different ways to extract
the same confession :-)