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Re: [xml-dev] Wikipedia on XML

Michael Kay schrieb am 07.08.2009 um 23:17:25 (+0100):
> > 
> > Despite the L in XML, syntax alone does not constitute a language.
> Agreed.

I also agree :-)

> > It's only a language if there are words. XML doesn't define words. 
> I think it does define words: words like "<", "</", "<!--", and
> "<!CDATA[", and sentential forms like "<"...">", "<!--"..."-->", and
> so on. 

With the exception of "<!CDATA[" (which, just like the comment
delimiters, looks suspiciously DTD-ish to me), these words can't be
easily pronounced.

But even if they could, I wouldn't think of them as words. They arrange
parts of sentences, they're a structural skeleton, maybe not totally
dissimilar to punctuation.

It's a bit like "One man's data is another man's metadata", so you could
take either view, but I think "syntax" fits better than "language".

Michael Ludwig

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