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Re: [seweb-list] Re: A discussion: Is semantic web an old fashioned idea? Is it bubble, unworthy or an interesting research area - Post your comments

From: Jon Hanna <jon@hackcraft.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Jun 2004 03:22:04 +0100
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To: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@bestweb.net>
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Quoting "John F. Sowa" <sowa@bestweb.net>:

> Every compiler has to maintain a symbol table to support those
> features, and XSLT does not support symbol tables.

I'm pretty sure you could fake it. I'm pretty sure you'd drive yourself insane
though.

> The 1959 language called LISP was the most successful platform
> for supporting new languages that anyone has ever invented.
> Lex and YACC only support syntax, but LISP has been used to
> implement any semantics anyone could imagine.  It is sad that
> the W3C did not adopt LISP or at least something with equivalent
> power for supporting language design.

I think LISP inspired the way collections are represented in RDF.

-- 
Jon Hanna
<http://www.hackcraft.net/>
"…it has been truly said that hackers have even more words for
equipment failures than Yiddish has for obnoxious people." - jargon.txt
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