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Re: Ensuring consistency of terminology

From: Frank Manola <fmanola@mitre.org>
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 15:06:11 -0500
Message-ID: <3DC18D33.7020106@mitre.org>
To: Brian McBride <bwm@hplb.hpl.hp.com>
CC: RDF Core <w3c-rdfcore-wg@w3.org>


Sounds great, but I see this creating the potential for an awful lot of 
delay (e.g., for the Primer, it looks like I have to wait until all the 
normative docs figure out their terms, and resolve any inconsistencies, 
before I can even know what *words* I can use!).  Also, what do you do 
if you decide you need a term whose "natural home" ought to be in 
another document, but they haven't defined it?  Petition the editor to 
invent it?


Brian McBride wrote:

> We want to ensure that all the key concepts are described consistently 
> across our various docs.
> I propose:
> o each concept has a natural defining home, e.g. abstract syntax stuff 
> in concepts, schema stuff in ...
> o the editors of the 'natural home' for a concept or term get to define it.
> o other editors MUST refer to that definition and MAY quote all/part of it.
> o editors MUST NOT create their own definitions for terms or invent 
> terms whose natural home is in another document
> o editors are encouraged to add a glossary to their documents
> o we will create an internal WG document for style issues and keep a 
> list of common terms and their natural home there.
> Brian

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