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Re: Label for Top Node of "triangle diagram"

From: Francis McCabe <fgm@fla.fujitsu.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2002 11:22:50 -0700
To: www-ws-arch@w3.org
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I believe that the reason that the triangle diagram is appealing is 
that it introduces the `players' in a simple context. However, by 
making it a triangle, and by having very similar links between the 
nodes engenders the confusion that we have witnessed re the labels of 
the nodes.

IMO, the diagram mixes up a couple of levels into an apparently single 
level; namely the act of communicating between partners and the 
process/act/mechanism of discovery. Here's the rub: publishing and 
discovery may be implemented by a registry that entities communicate 
with in a similar fashion to their communication with each other; but 
that doesn't make them `the same' or even `comparable'.

The reality is (IMO) that there are different aspects of entities 
communicating: the transport of messages and the mutual discovery of 
the partners in the communication.

This is partly communicated in the triangle diagram by making the 
registry a cloud; although I thought that that was to indicate its 
distributed nature.

The bottom line? On reflection, the diagram seems to cause more 
confusion than light. A while ago I sent out a diagram based on layers; 
I am not sure that that is the right thing to do here but it's merit is 
that it clearly  distinguishes the different kinds of activities and 
entities involved in interacting systems.
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