Tony Barry wrote:
> Implement from a database with a script that writes whever the current
> version of the meta syntax might be. separate the data from the expression
> of it.
> It doen't matter what you do until somebody uses the meta data. If all
> else fails you can project it in multiple formats (if there are conflicting
> standards) provided it is tucked away in a database which can be used to
> generate whatever the flavour of the month kight be.
This is a very valid point.
And in due course, hopefully, the storage might use XML,
and then either the server or the client could do the
conversion automatically, with reference to the (possibly public)
DTD and suitable DSSSL to map to the required semantics and
format ... ???
(Embedding in <html><head><meta ...> elements (for example)
is a kludge at best - <meta > is so loosely defined it is
turning into a generic extension holder in rather poorly
defined ways (because rigorous methods are not available)! )
Dr Simon Cox - Australian Geodynamics Cooperative Research Centre
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