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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: File-tpye plug-in architecture for Arch?

From: Aaron Bentley
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: File-tpye plug-in architecture for Arch?
Date: 22 Dec 2003 14:14:02 -0500

On Mon, 2003-12-22 at 13:06, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 22, 2003 at 12:52:07PM -0500, Aaron Bentley wrote:
> > If oo has format requirements
> > beyond the DTD, "valid"!="sane", and a generic XML diff cannot solve the
> > problem.
> This is invariably true, for almost every use of XML, since it can't
> express semantics (only syntax).

Schemas express structure, not semantics.  For many purposes, that's
adequate.  xmldiff doesn't need to know what an XHTML <body> is, it just
needs to know that there can only be one.

Anyhow, my take is this: it's outside the domain of Arch.  If someone
implements a tool that supports the same functionality as diff/patch,
but for a wider array of file types, Arch can make use of it as a
drop-in replacement.


Aaron Bentley
Director of Technology
PanoMetrics, Inc.

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