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RE: Is abstraction to simple logical units a naive assumption?

From: Dennis E. Hamilton <dennis.hamilton@acm.org>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:15:18 -0700
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PS: The notion of "naïve assumption" is from the DChanges 2014 paper by Meenu Pandey, Ethan V. Munson, and Cheng Thao, "Progress Report on Version Aware LibreOffice."  I am delighted and eternally grateful for that application to these situations.

 - Dennis

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From: Dennis E. Hamilton [mailto:dennis.hamilton@acm.org] 
Sent: Saturday, September 20, 2014 20:45
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Subject: Is abstraction to simple logical units a naive assumption?

I noticed in DChanges discussion that there is recurring reference to abstraction to a few logical units with which a general change-tracking approach must deal. I recall seeing that elsewhere, and it occurred to me that there may be either an unfounded assumption or a misunderstanding about the material differences in all the ways one considers simple units such as paragraphs, tables, lists, formatted text-character sequences, etc.

I want to look at this from two angles: first, the reality of ODF and its abstractions; secondly, what work is going on about reverse-abstracting from document-file formats for purposes of conversion, since that may inform change-tracking as well.

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