[sc34wg3] Modularization

Sam Hunting sc34wg3@isotopicmaps.org
Fri, 7 Feb 2003 10:25:48 -0500 (EST)

> The SAM is describing the way currently available applications work,
> or should be working. TMCL and TMQL will add extra layers on those types of
> applications. This is fine, but this is only a given universe. This
> universe is interesting, but it's not the only one there is. I want
> to leave room open for defining other kinds of applications. Some of
> them I don't know them now. But I know for a fact that we can't possibly
> have thought of every type of application past, present or future that
> will have some relation with what we call topic maps.

In the marketing world, this called brand extension and companies that
want to survive figure out how to do it. (Granted, the topic community
is not a compamy.) 

If we can make our standards work as Michel suggests -- become platforms
for topic map brand extension -- won't we all be better off?

Sam Hunting
eTopicality, Inc.

Co-Editor, ISO Reference Model for Topic Maps 

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