Inheritance in XML

James K. Tauber jtauber at
Sat Apr 25 19:38:32 BST 1998

> Here are some examples of things that can provide semantics for XML
> documents:
> * Stylesheeets.

Sorry to bring it up again, but I still think we should distinguish
semantics from behaviour. Stylesheets *do not* provide semantics, they
provide behaviour. Sure, how something behaves ought to be linked to what it
means but it ain't the stylesheet that's providing the meaning.
Meaning/semantics is surely given by schemata that associate element types,
etc with ontologies.

> XSL will provide what is intended to be the most
> powerful standardized high-level way to associate presentational
> semantics with XML documents in publishing environments.

"Presentational semantics" is mixing two distinct things, IMHO.


James Tauber / jtauber at
Perth, Western Australia
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