[sc34wg3] Almost arbitrary markup in resourceData

Patrick Durusau sc34wg3@isotopicmaps.org
Wed, 12 Nov 2003 06:20:42 -0500


Freese, Eric D. (LNG-DAY) wrote:

> I am speaking from the front lines of the user community, not the tool
> vendor community, not the acedemic community.  I'm claiming my stake as part
> of the target market - the people who want to make money using the tools and
> standard as opposed to those implementing or studying.  

Ouch! Or as Charley Brown would say, "He nicked me with a nyah!" ;-)

The academic community has suffered at the hands of standards bodies 
that prefer texts that are dumbed down until they meet capricious limits 
on parsing/processing. Well, the users in the academic community at any 

I think Eric's point is well taken and the various parts of the topic 
map standard need to take it into account. Standards that insure 
information is interchangeable but that do not meet the needs of users 
are interesting, but irrelevant.

As Eric and others have suggested, we are not faced with choosing either 
interchange or usefulness. Both are possible in the topic maps standard, 
but only if we show some imagination and ingenuity in devising a 
solution that meets both requirements. To choose one without the other 
is a recipe for failure.

Hope you are having a great day!


Patrick Durusau
Director of Research and Development
Society of Biblical Literature
Chair, V1 - Text Processing: Office and Publishing Systems Interface
Co-Editor, ISO 13250, Topic Maps -- Reference Model

Topic Maps: Human, not artificial, intelligence at work!