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Re: [xml-dev] RE: Abstraction in Science, Mathematics, Software,and Markup

Costello, Roger L. scripsit:

> It is clearly a reusable thing. But I am not convinced that it is an
> abstraction because it is hardcoded to specific element names. What
> do you think?

"Abstract" and "concrete" are relative terms.  Compared to an actual
appliance, your XML is abstract indeed.  See the .sig  below.

Cash registers don't really add and subtract;           John Cowan
        they only grind their gears.                    cowan@ccil.org
But then they don't really grind their gears, either;   
        they only obey the laws of physics.  --Unknown

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