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From Scott Sanders <sc...@dotnot.org>
Subject Re: a few questions on our descriptors
Date Mon, 11 Oct 2004 02:00:11 GMT

On Oct 9, 2004, at 6:24 PM, Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:
> The golden rules of metadata are:
>
>  1) should be declerative (procedurality should be inferred)
>  2) semantics should be absolute and not positional
>
> the XML model makes it hard to do 1) and extremely hard to do 2). Gump 
> descriptors are perfect examples of a markup that started as 1), 
> didn't even notice 2) and ended up breaking 1) as a result.
>
<snip/>
> Sigh, I guess we have a lot more work to do than I expected :-/
>
> Third golden rule of metadata
>
>  3) should minimize semantic redundancy
>
> Great, we have found how gump descriptors break all three rules.

And yet it has worked all these months ;)

>
> I guess it's time to go back to the drawing board.

Just don't throw the baby out with the bath in the quest for the 
perfect metadata.

Scott


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