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Re: [xml-dev] Lessons learned from the XML experiment

On Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 6:48 AM, Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com> wrote:
On 11/14/13 8:46 AM, Hans-Juergen Rennau wrote:
My view: XML stands for precision, relentless, mathematical precision.
XML allows us to distinguish and locate items in an unambiguous way
without any respect to the number of competing items and current
"conventions". XML allows us to integrate information from any number of
sources in a reliable way, as it relies on URIs - document URIs &
qualified names.

Run away, run away!  He may be serious!

Yikes.  Seriously, yikes.  Fortunately, there is no such precision in this world, but pretending there is sets us up for pretty much infinite mistakes.

Yes indeed! Spare us from the idea of a mathematically precise XML. That's the sort of idea that ruined RDF and has come close to ruining XML.  But even more amusing in this case: anyone who thinks URIs provide precision is due for a grisly, grisly come-down!

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