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Re: Canonicalization

From: Donald E. Eastlake 3rd <dee3@torque.pothole.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 08:09:47 -0400
Message-Id: <200008241209.IAA26421@torque.pothole.com>
To: "Gregor Karlinger" <gregor.karlinger@iaik.at>
cc: "XML" <w3c-ietf-xmldsig@w3.org>

I suppose that it is partly the effect where computer people are
overly systematic in wordforms...  Also, I would have guessed that
"canonization" to declare some particular form to be the canonical
form, while "canonicalization" is to transform something...

Donald

From:  "Gregor Karlinger" <gregor.karlinger@iaik.at>
Resent-Date:  Thu, 24 Aug 2000 07:46:17 -0400 (EDT)
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To:  "XML" <w3c-ietf-xmldsig@w3.org>
Date:  Thu, 24 Aug 2000 13:46:35 +0200
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>Hi all!
>
>Maybe this question is kind of philosophical, but does anybody of
>you know why the term "Canonicalization" is written as it is?
>
>Recently I tried to find out, what it means to produce a canonical
>form of something: 
>
>According to the Merriam-Webster Englisch Dictionary [1] the only 
>explanation which fits is:
>
>  to canonize: to treat as illustrious, preeminent
>
>This makes sense, since the canonical form of an XML-Document is
>a prominent form of many representaions for the logical XML structure.
>
>But the noun for the process of canonizing something is:
>
>  canonization
>
>However, I could not find "canonicalization" or "canonicalize" in any
>dictionary I have access to.
>
>---
>[1] http://www.m-w.com/
>
>Regards, (A completely confused) Gregor
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>Gregor Karlinger
>mailto://gregor.karlinger@iaik.at
>http://www.iaik.at
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