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Re: There Are No Metadocuments

From: David Durand <dgd@cs.bu.edu>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 1997 13:57:48 -0500
Message-Id: <v02130505af266cbc7ae1@[]>
To: w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
At 10:04 AM 2/11/97, Gavin Nicol wrote:
>It's just a matter of interpretation. Code is data is code.
>Java bytecodes are nothing more than a processing specification
>until they are interpreted, and there are a number of ways *that*
>can be done as well...

>As soon as you start defining objects that have some behavioural
>semantics associated with them, you also open up the possibility
>of people interpreting the semantics.
True, but essentially false:

   Once the interpretation of the data is a turing-complete problem, the
possibility of _useful_ interpretation goes way, way down.

   Those unfortunates who stored data in hypercard scripts discovered that
the hard way -- of course they're fine for the ages --- If you happen to
have a hypercard interpreter in your pocket, along with a clone of the

  -- David

This is why I mistrust jumping to code _too soon_. To push the interaction
envelope you need code, but you also lose reusability, because your
environment sneaks into your data... We definitely will need to attach code
to documents though.

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