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Re: foaf:Document

From: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 03 Jun 2009 12:55:23 +0200
Message-ID: <4A26569B.7010102@w3.org>
To: Carlos Iglesias <carlos.iglesias@fundacionctic.org>
CC: ERT WG <public-wai-ert@w3.org>
Hi Carlos,

Carlos Iglesias wrote:
>> Hi group,
>>
>> Ref: <http://xmlns.com/foaf/spec/#term_Document>
>>
>> This is to confirm that FOAF spec uses the broader sense of 
>> the term "Document" to mean both physical as well as 
>> electronic manifestations.
>>
>> We could clarify which of the two we mean in section 2.3 
>> TestSubject Class of the EARL 1.0 Schema [1], by using the 
>> following description:
>>
>> - foaf:Document:
>>   * Document - the test subject is an electronic document, 
>> such as an HTML or image file, as defined by [FOAF].
>>
>> [1] <http://www.w3.org/TR/2009/WD-EARL10-Schema-20090428/#TestSubject>
>>
>> This would clarify the scope in the context of using this 
>> term in EARL reports, and would therefore resolve the comment 
>> by CTIC [2].
>>
>> [2] <http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-wai-ert/2009May/0023>
>>
>> Thoughts?
> 
> IMO, the adoption and "redefinition" of an existing term could be considered a bad practice, so I am not sure about following that way.

We are not redefining but narrowing the scope. We do the same with 
"Software". In one place we say:

  * Software - the assertor is a piece of software

And in another we say:

  * Software - the test subject is a piece of software being tested

I think that describing the use of terms in specific contexts is usual.

Best,
   Shadi

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