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Re: [xml-dev] 'is-a' Relationships in XML?

Yes, absolutely. So the markup shares many of the properties of prose,
such as it can be true or false or misunderstood and in need of clarification.

Stephen D Green

On 4 May 2010 10:00, Michael Kay <mike@saxonica.com> wrote:
>> But clearly the markup can need more explanation via semantic
>> definitions or specifications than would be needed by
>> straight prose statements. E.g. I can lie by stating that I
>> own Buckingham Palace. That implies Stephen D Green owns
>> Buckingham Palace and this is not true.
> There's a big mental leap here. Defining the semantics of a fragment like
> <person name="SG">
>  <owns-property name="Buckingham Palace"/>
> </person>
> tells you how to interpret this fragment as an assertion about things in the
> real world; this has very little bearing on whether the assertion is true or
> false. XBRL tells you how to submit your company accounts, and it tells me
> how to read them; but it doesn't stop those accounts being a fabrication.
> Regards,
> Michael Kay
> http://www.saxonica.com/
> http://twitter.com/michaelhkay

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