[sc34wg3] Modularization

Martin Bryan sc34wg3@isotopicmaps.org
Thu, 6 Feb 2003 16:57:29 -0000

Michel wrote:

> Last remark: it might be appropriate to change the name
> "Standard" in the expression "Standard Application Model"
> for a name more hospitable to coexistence with others. Because
> if another standard organization publishes a standard that we
> can consider Topic Maps-compliant, then there will be another
> standard application model. I propose therefore to call it
> tentatively the "TAO model" (if Steve P. permits that
> we reuse the term he coined). That would make the goal of what
> we are doing clearer. So, modularization as I see it for
> now would lead to two levels:  the "Core Topic Maps", and
> the "TAO model".

Not sure I like the use of TAO in this sense. My dictionary defines Tao as
"the absolute principle underlying the universe ... the way or code of
behaviour". Its one thing to talk about a Tao of Topic Maps and another to
talk about a Tao Model.

We could use terms such as Simple Application Model or event Streaming
Application Model to keep the SAM acronym. Altermatively we could rename
this model the Topic Application Model (TAM).

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