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

On 11/14/13 9:29 AM, Timothy W. Cook wrote:
Certainty and accuracy always have boundaries. The problems arise when
'people' do not communicate those boundaries and make assumptions
about meaning.
That doesn't sound remotely like:

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 is not a syntax, but a way of thinking about information, which scales globally.

I think we may have found boundaries and assumptions in the current conversation.

An example is the concept that is pervasive in the XML community that
element names should have meaning.  Wrong, you are guaranteed to have
semantic conflicts in interpretation.

So it is the people not XML that has problems.  Other than as I said,
the possibility that XML is too lax.  Which I am sure is one reason
why it became so popular.

People are lazy and ass-u-me too much.
Yes indeed. They assume they have tools that let them achieve "relentless mathematical precision".

(Though Hans-Juergen is clearly not lazy!)

Simon St.Laurent

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