[sc34wg3] Question on TNC / Montreal minutes

Mary Nishikawa sc34wg3@isotopicmaps.org
Tue, 10 Sep 2002 17:17:27 +0900


  I  do agree with you now. I was busy thinking about geophysical data sets 
I need to broaden my views and view of data :-))


At 10:43 AM 9/9/2002 +0100, Martin Bryan wrote:
>Mary wrote
> >So I think
> > that the baseName should have an occurrence of  0 or 1. There should never
> > be more than one sting identifier (different from the URI). AN ISBN comes
> > to mind but there are others.
>I must object to this suggestion, as it makes it extremely difficult to
>assign multilingual identifiers to a topic. No single language should be
>privileged in naming topics. Treating different languages as variants does
>not help: it tends to reinforce the single language concept bacause it means
>that merging can only take place when topics have been described in the same
>language (in my view a highly undesirable feature). We need to ensure that
>topic maps in different languages can be merged as far as possible. Only by
>allowing multiple baseNames for a topic will this be possible. (But we must
>always remember that there are some names that work for many languages!)
>Martin Bryan
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