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Re: [xml-dev] RE: Why is there little usage of XML on the 'visible Web'?

> I don't follow your reasoning. What would be the value of doing so?

If -in your own words- everyone knows that Paris is the capital of France,
then there is not real need for the datum on the Wiki's article and we
could save bites whereas improving the enciclopedia (best
useful-information noise ratio ;-).

> Michael Kay
> http://www.saxonica.com/

Maybe the problem was in the starting point, i.e. your statement everyone
knows that Paris is the capital of France. The fact no everyone knows is
that is doing the Wiki information valuable and therefore -if it was not
clear- i wait no editing of the Wiki from your part.

Not definitely, there are other reasons why an encyclopedia article
might include information that everyone knows, these are:

1. traditional structure of article goes from common 'wide' knowledge
to uncommon 'narrow' knowledge.

2. The presence of knowledge that everyone can verify helps provide
users with a sense of trust in other information. Much presentation of
factual information is predicated on creating feeling of trust.  Some
might argue that this is a bad thing but I think any such argument
would be based on a foolish feeling that one should never accept
anything on trust.

3. Getting started writing an article, even when one knows a lot about
the subject, is often difficult. In getting over this difficulty it is
often easy to focus on something non-arguable. Something is
non-arguable when it is something everyone knows. This may explain
number 1.

Bryan Rasmussen

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