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[REBOL] Re: designing dialects - was OWL

From: chalz:earthlink at: 21-Mar-2002 22:46

**** It IS however a natural for a DIALECTING and ONTOLOGY language. I've been thinking a bit about this recently and especially as I consider XML / HTML to be verbose, not human centric in design, wasteful! why have closing tags for every value. ** After looking at XML a little, I have to agree with you there, Robbo. Even further, have you looked at MathML? Yikes! The samples I saw showed tags around every single character of the sample mathematical formulae. And even then, it didn't come out right (IE5.5 can't view MathML, and W3C's own browser, Amaya, showed them all twisted and messed up). I think we still have a ways to go here. **** An Extensible Dialecting and Ontology Language should not be REBOL. REBOL is a vendor specific programming or messaging language and it is proprietary. A web dialect and ontology language should be programming language neutral. It is my contention that ** Agreement there, too. However, I'm wondering if Sunanda's initial remark was with regards to implementing it within REBOL, so you can load OWL material with REBOL instead of an intermediary. Am I wrong? **** Instead of text macros like *this text will appear as bold* ; etext example in Pliant's .PAGE this would be BOLD TEXT "this text will apear as bold" ; .page example ** I'm rather interested in this. It sounds rather bold, pardon the pun. Though in reading the link you've provided, I see room for ideas and improvements etc, but unless I'm going to get serious about it, I'll more or less leave them alone. **** A well designed DIALECTing language is human friendly to understand and maintain. XML / HTML are TOO verbose. ** Captain Obvious, at our services ;) Unfortunately, what's generally obvious is rarely what's done. In an effort to make sure that things are done right and error-free (pshaw), designers tend to over-complicate.