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Re: Relationship Taxonomy Questions

From: Gavin Nicol <gtn@ebt.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 1997 13:53:27 -0500
Message-Id: <199701231853.NAA07767@nathaniel.ebt>
To: eliot@isogen.com
CC: cbullard@hiwaay.net, w3c-sgml-wg@www10.w3.org
>Many programmers don't make a distinction between these two uses: the
>software is inseparable from the data in their mind.  But this is a
>self-defeating mindset because data tends to outlive software, thus
>binding data to software to closely ensures the obsolescance of the
>data. 

Then again, data is just another form of programming...

>I think there's a basic disconnect here.  The purpose of XML is to define
>*data representation languages*, not functional ("programming")
>languages.

The only difference is interpretation.

What does the following tell you?

  (quote (+ 3 3))

or the following?

  <QUOTE>
	<ADD>3 3</ADD>
  </QUOTE>
 
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