John Cowan cowan at
Fri Dec 11 14:45:32 GMT 1998

Michael Kay scripsit:

> > From: W. Eliot Kimber
> > Remember that notations do not affect the *parsing* of the data, only its
> > semantic interpretation.
> If that is so, I am back to square zero in my understanding of notations!
> For example, I thought that if I wanted to put MIDI data in an XML document,
> I would use notations to the indicate the fact. But I can't semantically
> interpret MIDI data (or even hear the music) before I've parsed it. The
> notation is surely there to tell me that it's MIDI, not that it's Vivaldi.

I think Eliot is referring to (X|SG)ML parsing: interpreting notations
is done at a level above XML parsing, and does not affect it.
One level's syntax is another level's semantics.

John Cowan		cowan at
	You tollerday donsk?  N.  You tolkatiff scowegian?  Nn.
	You spigotty anglease?  Nnn.  You phonio saxo?  Nnnn.
		Clear all so!  'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5)

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