A question on nomenclature
jefftr at bellsouth.net
Tue Dec 7 01:45:17 GMT 1999
Different people are describing it different ways. An "application of XML"
would be generic enough. "Application" would be one step higher, and so also
technically correct. "Format" would describe a particular document or specific
DTD/schema. Grammar or syntax is what the XML spec describes. A vocabulary
might be the specific "proprietary" set of tags used in a given deocument, DTD,
"Class" is a technical word from XSL and CSS.
|From: owner-xml-dev at ic.ac.uk [mailto:owner-xml-dev at ic.ac.uk]On Behalf Of
|Sent: Monday, December 06, 1999 4:26 PM
|Subject: A question on nomenclature
|A simple question. What is that?
|My choices so far:
|-an "application of XML", or possibly just "application", although this
|would cause confusion with "application" as defined in the spec.
|-a "vocabulary" (the one I personally use, although I may change after this
|Keep in mind I'm talking about the "structure" there, not the "instance" of
|that "structure". (I want to describe the "class", not the "object".) I
|have a feeling that there isn't a real consensus anywhere, and that
|different people are using different names. (Are there any others? Do
|people use "format", or something along those lines? Or "class"?)
|It's not something that I would ever have to worry about when using XML in
|my applications, but if I were to, oh, I don't know, write a book about XML,
|I'd want to create as little confusion as possible, so would I be safe in
|calling the structure I created a "vocabulary"? Do things get hairier if we
|get into formats documented in DTDs/Schemas, and documents with no DTD or
|Schema, or does the nomenclature stay the same?
|Any thoughts or opinions would be appreciated. Any documentation that I've
|missed which states emphatically "this is what you would call it" would be
|even more appreciated, but I don't think it's out there...
|david.hunter at mobileq.com
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