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Re: [xml-dev] RE: The String Datatype is the Worst Datatype EverCreated

On 9/24/2015 10:16 AM, Costello, Roger L. wrote:
Extrapolating, I see a day where there will only be data for machines,
no data for humans (or, relatively very, very little). When that occurs,
essentially all data will be enumerations with defined semantics, all
processing will be symbolic processing.

Let's prepare for the future. When designing a data format identify
those parts of your data which will be processed exclusively by
machines; be sure to define them with enumerations (no string datatype

Most processing is already symbolic processing. Every text character is a symbol, in information theory terms anyway. I suppose you are in essence advocating using finite sets of symbols rather than infinite sets. Or you could say closed sets vs open sets.

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