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Re: Fwd: [xml-dev] Not using mixed content? Then don't use XML

Why, I'm just a humble engineer, who finds joy in 'Spieltrieb' rather than confronting 'Formtrieb' and 'Sinnestrieb'. Thanatos and Eros.

I work for a legal publisher. Our customers couldn't care less about what technologies we use. If there was a business case for smoke signals or cuneiform, we'd find a way to provide it. XML and related tools are means, not ends. XML schema languages are means to keep suppliers honest. Pattern cookbooks help you model new problems in known terms.

While I might be somewhat preoccupied about naming things, I'm currently fighting a heritage of named character entities, and I fully understand how emotional one can get about the burden of insane boat anchors.

Anyway, here is another quote from Through the Looking Glass:

'You are sad,' the Knight said in an anxious tone: 'let me sing you a song to comfort you.'

'Is it very long?' Alice asked, for she had heard a good deal of poetry that day.

'It's long,' said the Knight, 'but it's very, very beautiful. Everybody that hears me sing it -- either it brings the tears into their eyes, or else --'

'Or else what?' said Alice, for the Knight had made a sudden pause.

'Or else it doesn't, you know. The name of the song is called "Haddocks' Eyes".'

'Oh, that's the name of the song, is it?' Alice said, trying to feel interested.

'No, you don't understand,' the Knight said, looking a little vexed. 'That's what the name is called. The name really is "The Aged Aged Man".'

'Then I ought to have said "That's what the song is called"?' Alice corrected herself.

'No, you oughtn't: that's quite another thing! The song is called "Ways and Means": but that's only what it's called, you know!'

'Well, what is the song, then?' said Alice, who was by this time completely bewildered.

'I was coming to that,' the Knight said. 'The song really is "A-sitting On a Gate": and the tune's my own invention.'

On Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 11:50 PM, Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com> wrote:
On 4/9/13 5:47 PM, Peter Ring wrote:
You know, the only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it... I
can resist everything but temptation ...

Have you been spending too much time with the ontologists?

Paying words for the work they do does seem like a good idea, though...


> Impenetrability!
'I don't know what you mean by "glory",' Alice said.

Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. 'Of course you don't — till I tell
you. I meant "there's a nice knock-down argument for you!"'

'But "glory" doesn't mean "a nice knock-down argument",' Alice objected.

'When *I* use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone,

'it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.'

'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you *can* make words mean so

many different things.'

'The question is,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'which is to be master — that's all.'

Alice was too much puzzled to say anything; so after a minute Humpty
Dumpty began again. 'They've a temper, some of them — particularly
verbs: they're the proudest — adjectives you can do anything with, but
not verbs — however, *I* can manage the whole lot of them!
Impenetrability! That's what *I* say!'

'Would you tell me please,' said Alice, 'what that means?'

'Now you talk like a reasonable child,' said Humpty Dumpty, looking very
much pleased. 'I meant by "impenetrability" that we've had enough of
that subject, and it would be just as well if you'd mention what you
mean to do next, as I suppose you don't mean to stop here all the rest
of your life.'

'That's a great deal to make one word mean,' Alice said in a thoughtful

'When I make a word do a lot of work like that,' said Humpty Dumpty, 'I
always pay it extra.'

'Oh!' said Alice. She was too much puzzled to make any other remark.

'Ah, you should see 'em come round me of a Saturday night,' Humpty
Dumpty went on, wagging his head gravely from side to side, 'for to get
their wages, you know.'

(Alice didn't venture to ask what he paid them with; and so you see I
can't tell *you*.)

'You seem very clever at explaining words, Sir,' said Alice. 'Would you
kindly tell me the meaning of the poem called "Jabberwocky"?'

'Let's hear it,' said Humpty Dumpty. 'I can explain all the poems that
ever were invented — and a good many that haven't been invented just yet.'

Simon St.Laurent


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