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RE: What is CONTENT?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark Day [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, November 07, 2000 5:09 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: What is CONTENT?
> The current (-02) draft of the model document includes a
> formulation of
> CONTENT in terms of CONTENT DATA UNITs. No-one on the design
> team seems to
> like this approach very much. I am happy to replace these
> definitions or
> eliminate them entirely, but I find the leading proposed replacement
> somewhat unsatisfactory.
> Barron's suggestion is that CONTENT is a "typed finite
> sequence of octets."
> While this is correct, it seems incomplete.
Maybe not the time to raise these questions, but we are talking about
CONTENT. I have a video clip. This same video clip is in english,
spanish, and french. Is CONTENT the video clip bits of each of these
three cases - in which case I have 3 CONTENTS? Or is CONTENT the
"video clip" which comes in three different flavors?
I would like to say "give me this video clip in spanish, if not then
in english, if not then in french". Sort of like Gopher's "multiple
A slightly different example along the same lines, which poses
different problems.A have a speech, the text of it, a video of the
speaker delivering the speech, and an audio only version of the speech.
I ask for the speech. Is that the CONTENT? Or do I have to ask for a
specific version of it? Is *that* the CONTENT? This is different from
the previous example because now it takes different amounts of bits
to store each version of CONTENT.
I like the notion that CONTENT consists of CONTENT DATA UNITS, because
that leaves a space to associate forms of meta-data to the CONTENT DATA
UNITS. I think the meta-data should be part of CONTENT.
I've read the drafts and I am not sure where meta-data fits in the
current architecture. In my opinion I think meta-data should be added
in from the start, and not as an after thought as it is often done. I
think today's Internet would be a far far more pleasent place to work
if one could query based on meta-data attributes.
BTW: I am not trying to imply that a canister ontop of CONTENT which
holds multiple views, and other forms of meta-data couldn't be