It has been my impression that the topic map graph is timeless, that is that all operations that
can be performed have been performed at the time the graph is inspected. If something purporting to
be a topic map cannot be expressed in the topic map graph, then it fails to conform to the topic map
graph. In processing a topic map instance in some syntax into a topic map graph representation, there
may be some undefined period of time in which all operations have not been performed but is that an
issue for this standard?
Heavy revision to drop the notions of "well formed" and "fully merged." Any Topic Map Application or
topic map instance may fail to conform in one or more ways to the topic map graph. The utility of the
topic map graph is in defining a means of determining where Topic Map Appications or topic map instances
diverge from the topic map graph.