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   Re: [xml-dev] Mailmen, POST, Intent, and Duck Typing

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On 2/24/06, Chris Burdess <d09@hush.ai> wrote:
> Peter Hunsberger wrote:
> >>  The point
> >> of pragmatics, I guess, is a formal means to establish a protocol
> >> of measures, aka, "right rock; wrong rock".
> >
> > I sort of conceptualize it as the rules for how discovery is done on
> > semantics. Sounds sort of similar?
> Semantic disambiguation by context is only one aspect of pragmatics.
> There's also paralinguistics, such as "what are you communicating by
> sending this message above and beyond the content of the message?",
> "what are you communicating by not sending a message?" (insert
> interferometer analogy here), "what can I infer about your intent
> when you send this message?"

Ugg.  Makes sense, but now I fear that we'll end up with Web
Psychiatrists:  "and tell me Mr. System, how did it make you feel when
BigCo declined to communicate with you".

Or worse, Web mediums: "I sense someone is attempting to communicate
with you about an order for 1000 widgets. Do widgets sound familiar?
Yes? That will be $200 please."

Seriously, do you see applications for that aspect of the field to the
Sem Web (other than perhaps a reason for celebration by the lawyers)?

Peter Hunsberger


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