Re: Canonicalization

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...


From:  "Gregor Karlinger" <>
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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.
>Regards, (A completely confused) Gregor
>Gregor Karlinger
>Phone +43 316 873 5541
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