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Re: non-software violates social contract?

On Tuesday, August 27, 2002, at 02:19  PM, Joe Wreschnig wrote:
I think it's clear that graphics fonts and documentation are not software.
I think it's clear you don't work with fonts or documentation.

I work with both. I understand these complexities but I didn't really want to go into them. There are quite a few things (RFCs, the GPL, etc.) which I think are clearly not intended to be executed by computers. I don't think arguing about AI and advanced parsing techniques is relevant to the point at hand.

[...] XML (and SGML) are just alternate forms of expressing S-exps, used in LISPs [sic] for programming [...]

So? ASCII is used in C programming.

What about a program that consists solely of printf statements, printing
static text? Is that documentation, or "software"?

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