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Re: [xml-dev] "XML is just syntax" versus "Use semantic markup" (Is this a paradox?)

All computers can do is play with symbols: labels and pointers.

XML is just a syntax for annotating strings with labels and pointers. It 
may even be that successful systems try to defer or avoid or hide issues 
of semantics as much as possible: some data with a highly specific 
semantic is just sent as a string, or as a number. Rather than saying 
"how can we clarify the semantics of this  data" sometimes you need to 
say "how can we neutralize the semantic problems with this data?"

Rick Jelliffe

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