What are schemata
Lars Marius Garshol
larsga at ifi.uio.no
Sat May 30 20:44:41 BST 1998
* Tim Bray
| I kind of think that the thing people have in mind in this group
| when they say "schema" is "expressions of syntactic constraints
| which can be verified mechanically" or some such.
* James K. Tauber
| So is a schema a function that maps a document to a truth value?
I'd rather say that it is a definition of a set of documents, just as
a formal language is usually considered to be the set of sentences
that are well-formed in that language.
The software that verifies a document could be called "a function that
maps a document to a truth value", though. Mathematically, such
software would perform an "element of"-test on the set of documents
defined by the schema.
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