Semantics and Other Jargon You’re going to be hearing a lot of talk about “semantics” and other linguistics terms in this chapter. For example, if I asked you to list as many names for “female animals” as you could, you’d probably start with “lioness”, “tigress”, “ewe”, “doe” and so on.If you were presented with a list of these names and asked to provide a category that contained them all, it’s likely you’d say something like “female animals.” Furthermore, if I asked you what a lioness was, you’d say, “female lion.” If I further asked you to list associated words, you might say “pride,” “hunt,” “savannah,” “Africa,” and the like.HTML’s sole purpose is to allow anyone to quickly create Web documents that can be shared with other people.
A significant portion of the group leans forward eagerly, wanting to learn more.
The others either roll their eyes in anticipation of hype and half-formed theories, or cringe in fear of a long, dry history of markup languages.
As a result, I’ve learned to keep my explanation brief.
As always, you can download this excerpt as a PDF if you prefer. Whenever I talk about XML with developers, designers, technical writers, or other Web professionals, the most common question I’m asked is, “What’s the big deal?
” In this book, I’ll explain exactly what the big deal is – how XML can be used to make your Web applications smarter, more versatile, and more powerful.