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Re: Copy-editing Benefits - attn: Emma

From: Tom Baker <tbaker@tbaker.de>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2011 19:32:50 -0400
To: Karen Coyle <kcoyle@kcoyle.net>
Cc: public-xg-lld@w3.org
Message-ID: <20110902233250.GA1855@Thomas-Bakers-MacBook-Pro.local>
Question for Emma below...

On Fri, Sep 02, 2011 at 11:52:46AM -0700, Karen Coyle wrote:
> >I am adding the following points to ConversionStyle [2]:
> >-- "e.g.," and "i.e.," (_with_ comma)
> >-- Avoid contractions: "don't" should be written: "do not"
> >-- "websites" (lower case)
> >-- Two spaces after a full stop:
> >   "Sentence one.  Sentence two" - and NOT: "Sentence one. Sentence two."
> 
> Tom, not only is this not the norm today, the double spaces are not
> visible in HTML, which reduces all instances of multiple spaces to
> single in display.

Hmm, probably should have known...  So I guess we don't have to bother with
fixing any extra spaces we find?

> >-- "cataloguing" (with a "u") - YES?
> 
> No.

Right. Already changed - see my other mail and ConversionStyle.

> >    Adoption of mainstream Linked Data technology will give libraries a wider
> >    choice in vendors while broadening the potential user base of their
> >    platform beyond the library. The use of standard Linked Data formats will
> >    also allow libraries to recruit from and interact with a larger pool of
> >    developers.
> >
> >Rationale: I do not understand what was meant by "broadening the
> >user base (and
> >thus capacity) of traditional library vendors."
> 
> Me, neither, but I think some folks feel that libraries would be
> able to make more use of technology from non-library vendors if
> their standards were less library specific. As an example, libraries
> are now using RFID tag technology. The tags they use are not
> specific to libraries, but integration of tag-reading software and
> hardware with library systems is probably quite different to the
> task of integrating the reading technology with, say, warehouse
> inventory systems. So even where we use the same hardware, our
> software needs are a burden to potential vendors. (Not to mention
> our jargon!)

Thank you for the clarification, though I'm not quite sure I entirely get the
point, and at any rate, that's not how I read the sentence:

[1] Adoption of mainstream technology will allow libraries a wider choice in
    vendors, meanwhile broadening the user base (and thus capacity) of
    traditional library vendors. 

As I see it, the point in the second part of that sentence is 
now handled under "Benefits to developers and vendors", which says:

    Library vendors that support Linked Data will be able to market their
    products outside of the library world, ...

I therefore propose to cut the second part of the sentence from the section
"Benefits to organizations", to read [2]:
    
    Adoption of mainstream Linked Data technology will give libraries a wider
    choice in vendors, and the use of standard Linked Data formats will allow
    libraries to recruit from and interact with a larger pool of developers.

IN SUMMARY... 

Before (as I found it):

    Adoption of mainstream technology will allow libraries a wider choice in
    vendors, meanwhile broadening the user base (and thus capacity) of
    traditional library vendors. Libraries will also be able to recruit from
    and interact with a larger developer pool, when data formats are mainstream
    rather than library-specific.

...and after (as I have edited it):

    Adoption of mainstream Linked Data technology will give libraries a wider
    choice in vendors, and the use of standard Linked Data formats will allow
    libraries to recruit from and interact with a larger pool of developers.

...given that "Benefits to developers and vendors" says:

    Library vendors that support Linked Data will be able to market their
    products outside of the library world, ...

Emma, do you agree?

Tom

[1] http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/lld/wiki/index.php?title=Benefits&oldid=6054
[2] http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/lld/wiki/index.php?title=Benefits&diff=6088&oldid=6084
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