parid0932 | Fri, 07 Feb 2003 17:05:41
parid0026 reads: A topic map graph consists of nodes and arcs. In a well-formed topic map graph, every arc is a typed, oriented connectedness of two nodes, and every node is one of the two endpoints of zero or more arcs. parid0932 reads: This RM4TM uses the neologism "connectedness" in order to avoid implying that TM Applications must be implemented in such a way that arcs are represented as a data structure. For example, The arc abstraction can be fully honored by the property values of the nodes that serve as its endpoints. parid0209 reads: In order to maintain the integrity of merged topic maps, it is necessary to establish a common structure for all assertions. In this RM4TM, the decisions as to which aspects of the structure of assertions should be "reified" as nodes, and which aspects should remain "unreified" as arcs, were made by distinguishing between the aspects of assertions that are substantive with respect to the relationships that they assert (and that could conceivably, therefore, need to become role players in other assertions about those relationships), as opposed to the aspects of assertions that nobody would want to make other assertions about unless they were discussing the design of assertions in general. In the structure of assertions set forth in this RM4TM, the former aspects are represented by a-nodes and c-nodes, while the latter aspects are represented as the four types of arcs (the "eight forms of connectedness")
reform to remove all references to "connectedness" and replace with relationship/s.
The "neologism" of connectedness appears to serve two purposes: 1. to not necessitate a data structure in a TM Application and, 2. to distinguish between "aspects of the structure of assertions" (I read as "subjects") that are nodes and those that are arcs. The notion of relationship works as well, provided it is stated that the relationships represented by arcs have no subjects, unless reified as nodes, and the relationships represented by nodes do have subjects. Seems simpler to define the distinction once and to not coin unfamiliar terms to make the distinction. (On the data structure question, simply make the statement that arcs do not imply any particular data structure.) (Note the term "connectedness" 24 times in the text, at parid0026, parid0932, parid0506, parid0907, parid0058, parid0056, parid0061, parid0063, parid0065, parid0067, parid0069, parid0071, parid0073, parid0075, parid0076 (twice), parid0908, parid0910, parid0909 (four times), parid0146, parid0209.) I will be submitting separate comments on each of these paragraphs with suggested new language.
parid0932 | Fri, 21 Feb 2003 16:13:01
Neologisms are to be avoided like the plague. I'll vote against this document when it comes up in ANSI if this sort of stuff continues in it.
parid0932 | Tue, 25 Feb 2003 17:04:28
This RM4TM uses the neologism "connectedness" in order to avoid implying that TM Applications must be implemented in such a way that arcs are represented as a data structure. For example, The arc abstraction can be fully honored by the property values of the nodes that serve as its endpoints.
If there is no data structure implied, let's just say that, full stop. Besides, this should be in the TM Application section, reason for the strike. Suggested new language at appropriate location: The topic map graph does imply any data structure for TM Applications. The requirements for a TM Application may be meet using any data structure that the TM Application implementer deems appropriate.