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Re: [ontolog-forum] (renamed) Terms with fixed/multiple meanings

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From: David Eddy <deddy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2010 17:04:38 -0400
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Doug -    (01)

On Sep 9, 2010, at 4:18 PM, doug foxvog wrote:    (02)

> Why?  Every author of Java code uses the same meaning of "method" and
> other reserved words.  Every HTML author uses the same meaning of  
> <title>.    (03)


Now I understand    (05)

But those are the "verbs" that come with every software language.   
Use them, spell them correctly or find other work.  Plus you have a  
compiler looking over your shoulder.  The VERBs are documented in  
manuals.    (06)

The slippery ones are the NOUNS that people more often than not make  
up on the fly... makes sense to them... use it.  Very difficult to  
decode 6 months or 6 years later.    (07)

My version of triples is VERB + OPERATOR + NOUN.  VERBs & OPERATORs  
are controlled by the compilers... NOUNs are largely anything goes.   
The differences of underscores vs dashes and UPPER vs lowercase is  
just silliness & of minimal significance.    (08)

Allegedly NOUNs should be documented in mythical databases called  
variously "data dictionary" or "metadata repository."   By a show of  
hands, who on this list has been in an organization that has a  
useful, accessible, accurate, & complete dictionary/repository where  
business people, analysts, project managers & developers can easily  
look up what something means?    (09)

Allegedly a field/column/data element should have a single meaning...  
often they don't.    (010)

David Eddy
deddy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx    (011)

781-455-0949    (012)

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