Content or Metadata?

Clark C. Evans clark.evans at
Thu Dec 2 21:20:02 GMT 1999

On Thu, 2 Dec 1999, Robin Cover wrote:
> The distinction is rather like "content" (vs.) "not-content" --
> fairly bogus, distracting, and confusing -- not to mention
> problematic because it lies the base of some bad markup
> language designs.

It's confusing and problematic when the context
of the document is not taken into consideration
or when the document is used in more than one context 
without the proper (isomorphic) transformations to 
preserve meaning.  Furthermore, to add insult to injury, 
there is no such thing as context independence...

Perhaps explicit user perspectives / use cases 
are needed when doing document modeling.  Mabye 
inserting a few transformation steps between 
contexts would help?

;) Clark

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