Reading this, a thought popped into my head: If every employee directly
reports to a manager, who does the CEO directly report to? Not the
Board, because it is not an employee. There's probably a constraint
somewhere against cycles in the reporting graph, so not to him/herself.
Is directly reports a partial function? (02)
My general unease with CLCE--whose goals I applaud--is that it may be
entirely too easy for readers to apply common sense and common usage of
words--when the CLCE statement includes neither--thereby drawing
unintended conclusions. ("It's not what we don't know that hurts, it's
what we know that ain't so.") Hopefully, not an insoluble problem, but
definitely a difficult one. (03)
I trust that you are familiar with I.D. Hill's wonderful paper "Wouldn't
it be nice if we could write computer programs in ordinary English--or
would it?" BCS, The Computer Bulletin, vol. 16, no. 6, June 1972, pp.
306--312. In Neville Holmes' words, "It's a pity that [this] splendid
article ... has not been more widely read." I can't even locate an
online copy. (04)
Near the end, Hill says, "I agree that it is desirable that people
should be able to approach a computer without having to 'change gear'.
But I would start at the other end--not teaching computers English, but
teaching people to communicate with each other (NOT in ordinary
conversation, but only when giving instructions) in a more precise way."
I take that to also be one of your goals? (05)
Jim H. (06)
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