parid2005 | Wed, 19 Feb 2003 16:28:57
This RM4TM provides definition requirements for user-defined Topic Map Applications that allow such definitions to serve as contracts between topic map creators, users, and system implementers, such that when the interchange or amalgamation of topic maps fails due to nonconformance to the definition of a Topic Maps Application, the nonconforming aspects of the topic maps or system implementations can be identified.
The TMMM enables documenation and discovery of the rules used by topic maps and topic map models to achieve the Subject Location Uniqueness Objective. With that information, it is possible to determine where a particular topic map model departs from the requirements to achieve the SLUO, or the origin of failure when confronted with an error in the interchange or merger of topic maps.
Contracts, real or implied, have nothing to do with discovery of nonconforming aspects of a topic may or a system.