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In this study I attempt (a) to specify a theory that explains the historical character of change or transition in the production of written artifacts, and (b) use that theory to cast light on a particular instance of change or transition in the production of written artifacts, that of the Web,...
While taking exception with some of Wilkes's points and with the omission of details in the article, the author fundamentally agrees that Wilkes succeeds in his primary purposes of setting XML within a theoretical framework for changes in written artifacts.
Focusing on the necessity that a communicative channel must respect the information needs and limitations of a human audience, the author asserts that those limitations prevent any channel, including XML, from achieving ultimate communication goals.
This article focuses on the distinction between the methodology and technology behind XML and the content of the information that it must convey. The author argues that XML, rather than being in an incunabula state of development, is a highly structured, controlled (by standards organizations)...
The author responds by agreeing with some of the commentator's points and by clarifying his meaning related to others. He also offers additional discussion and references to the literature concerning some of the article's ideas.
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