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There Are No Metadocuments




These "metadocuments" sound to me exactly like "the real, full
document with all its trimmings."  I know SGMLllers are used to thinking
about the marked-up text as distinct from the style sheet, etc.,
but for the purposes of publishing that text, the whole ball of
stuff can be considered to be not document+meta, but just
document (including some meta, nothing wrong with that).

Considering documents this way might clarify discussion (and then
again, maybe not), and it would certainly clarify explanation:
"An XML document can be a complex structure, including a style
sheet or even choice of style sheets, and some metainformation
about who and how it was produced, just like a Word document
carries its formatting and some meta along with its text, although
you don't see everything when you look at it in Word."

Regards, 

    Terry Allen    Fujitsu Software Corp.    tallen@fsc.fujitsu.com
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