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Re: Possible misuse of idempotent in HTML 4.0 December para 17.1

From: David J Woolley <djw@bts.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 2 Apr 1998 19:21:00 +0100
Message-Id: <199804021820.TAA04829@saracen.bts.co.uk>
To: www-html-editor@w3.org, connolly@w3.org
CC: www-html-editor@w3.org, connolly@w3.org
>   "relating to or being a mathematical quantity which is not zero
>   and
>    which when applied to itself under a given binary operation (as
> multiplication)
>    equals itself; also: relating to or being an operation
>    under which a mathematical quantity is idempotent"

I've only seen the term used in technical papers on databases.  I 
think this has a similar meaning, but its not that clear!

It's probably safest to avoid the term entirely.

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