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Re: Semantic Document Framework(s) [language]

From: Nic Ferrier <nferrier@tapsellferrier.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2000 12:55:54 +0000
Message-Id: <sa0bf15b.049@tapsellferrier.co.uk>
To: sean@mysterylights.com, www-rdf-interest@w3.org
Cc: www-talk@w3.org
>>> "Sean B. Palmer" <sean@mysterylights.com> 10-Nov-00 12:16:59 PM

>Another 2c: it must be parsable for humans to decode it. 
>It's just unbelievably complex. What you aare all saying is 
>that there is no system as clever as a human: if there was, 
>we could process it.

No. That's not the point really. The point is that even humans can't
parse languages like English with any reliability.

We *think* we know what we and others mean *most* of the time... but
we often make mistakes. That's why politicians can exist.

If we can't do it with success no machine that we can currently
devise can. Which brings us back to using some non-ambiguous subset of
English in order to resolve the problems... but as soon as you do that
you're back to having to teach people how to use the language.

Teaching non-ambiguous English is a LOT harder than teaching
non-ambiguous XML.

Nic Ferrier
Received on Friday, 10 November 2000 07:52:02 UTC

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