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Re: universal languages

From: Peter F. Patel-Schneider <pfps@research.bell-labs.com>
Date: Thu, 01 Feb 2001 14:14:49 -0500
To: danbri@w3.org
Cc: timbl@w3.org, horrocks@cs.man.ac.uk, www-rdf-logic@w3.org
Message-Id: <20010201141449M.pfps@research.bell-labs.com>
From: Dan Brickley <danbri@w3.org>
Subject: Re: universal languages
Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2001 13:58:43 -0500 (EST)

> One might also point out that XML can "represent anything"... as can
> Unicode...
> dan

I most strongly disagree with the first part of this statement!  (I also
disagree with the second part, but less strongly.)

As a test, how can XML ``represent'' the state of affairs that might be
(partly) rendered in English as

	Dan Brinkley believes that XML can represent anything, but Peter
	Patel-Schneider doesn't (yet) agree with him.

Another, more prosaic, test of XML's adequacy would be a representation of 

	Either it is snowing or tomorrow will be Tuesday.

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