[sc34wg3] Reducing redundant constructs

Patrick Durusau sc34wg3@isotopicmaps.org
Fri, 15 Jul 2005 05:49:45 -0400


One of the issues where we did not follow the T+ model was on 
"identical" subject proxies.

I am not sure what "identical" means outside of a Subject Map Disclosure 
that says what is "identical" and provides a process for viewing 
multiple subject proxies as one subject proxy.

In support of that position, Newcomb and I talked about the TMDM, which 
clearly states the test(s) for when information items will be considered 
for merging.

In other words, there is no general "identical" construct language in 
the TMDM that permits merging of information items. All such merging is 
governed by specific rules.

One advantage of the TMDM approach is that it provides for the handling 
of identifiers for the "different" (in terms of instances) information 
items, for example.

On the whole the notion of "identical" outside of a definition of 
"identical" just seems real problematic to me.

Since the TMDM does not follow the generic "identical" approach and 
specifies rules for all such cases, I was wondering what your take is on 
the generic "identical" approach.

Hope you are having a great day!


Patrick Durusau
Chair, V1 - Text Processing: Office and Publishing Systems Interface
Co-Editor, ISO 13250, Topic Maps -- Reference Model
Member, Text Encoding Initiative Board of Directors, 2003-2005

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