Subject: Re: Lisp XML parser ?
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 2000/06/28
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Christopher Browne
| But the _intended_ meaning can vary considerably, depending on the
| context of what data I stuck into WHATEVER, and what Lisp form this
| reference is embedded into.

  Nonsense.  Failure to include information about an enclosing form
  does not constitute a change of semantics for the form so enclosed.
  It is simply not useful to communicate with other people with a fear
  that everything they say might have been enclosed in a `not' form,
  and it is not useful to blame the recipient for not having taking
  such into account when interpreting the meaning of what they say.

| Based on looking at a bit of code that says (car a1), I can't tell
| much about what it means.

  No, obviously _you_ can't, since you have made up your mind that you
  can enclose a form in any form at all to _rob_ it of meaning, a
  pretty silly move, but necessary in order to argue that SGML _has_
  meaning, since SGML has meaning _only_ relative to external sources
  and that hypothetical-mythical enclosing form has the same status
  for the Lisp forms: The Great Unknown Semantic Modifier.
  Once again, an SGML fan is displaying his lack of clue.  Boring!

  If this is not what you expected, please alter your expectations.