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RE: Action item on syntax-based interoperability

From: Bullard, Claude L (Len) <clbullar@ingr.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2003 11:55:12 -0500
Message-ID: <15725CF6AFE2F34DB8A5B4770B7334EE03F9EE03@hq1.pcmail.ingr.com>
To: 'Tim Bray' <tbray@textuality.com>, Michael Champion <mc@xegesis.org>
Cc: www-tag@w3.org

Syntax works because it is the lowest level at which
one can get the most agreement about two systems without 
constraining the rest.  You aren't paying enough attention 
to "information system" because your definition stops 
at "network".  XML doesn't care because syntax doesn't 
have to; it has no semantic.  But at the end of the 
communication, without a shared semantic, all you are 
doing is mailing each other syntax.  So the real work 
is precisely devising a means to discover, invent or 
otherwise share a semantic.  For some that is an 
emergent phenomenon, for others, simply dynamic. 
In no case can either XML or the Web take credit. 
They are just bits and wire, in no way responsible 
for the shape of the so-called, "information space".

XML isn't a miracle.  It's barely a good syntax, but 
with enough buy in, it works.   The Concorde worked, 
but a Cadillac in a junkyard is still scrap metal.

No buyer; no sale.


From: Tim Bray [mailto:tbray@textuality.com]

I wonder if you're paying close enough attention to the phrase "in 
networked information systems". 
Received on Saturday, 25 October 2003 12:55:14 UTC

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