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I would not assume that most North American children know that Paris is the capital of France. I imagine many of them think it is the name of a Hilton hotel in Las Vegas.
Don't you people have work to do?
From: bryan rasmussen [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 19 Jul, 2006 14:38
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] RE: Why is there little usage of XML on the
> > 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
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