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

The meaning existing in human mind is not sufficient for machine to
understand the meaning of data. In order to have machine understandable
data, the data has to be somehow associated with common vocabularies.
There exist some mechanisms to do so. For example, RDF schema, OWL(web
ontology language) etc. 


-----Original Message-----
From: Mukul Gandhi [mailto:gandhi.mukul@gmail.com] 
Sent: Monday, March 10, 2008 11:10 AM
To: Xia Li
Cc: Costello, Roger L.; xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] "XML is just syntax" versus "Use semantic markup"
(Is this a paradox?)

On Mon, Mar 10, 2008 at 11:28 PM, Xia Li <xli@galdosinc.com> wrote:
>  <person>
>         <firstName>...</firstName>
>         <lastName>...</lastName>
>  </person>
>  Or <person firstName="..." lastName="..."/>
>  They are not the same structure but they represent the same meaning.

I agree that these structures convey the same meaning. But the
intended meaning exists in the human mind ... Or there exists some
vocabulary (syntax) to depict only the meaning, irrespective of the

Mukul Gandhi

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