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Re: Preferable alternative to 'resource'

From: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 15:30:18 -0500
Message-Id: <p06230918c321c30aa11a@[10.100.0.28]>
To: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
Cc: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>, Technical Architecture Group WG <www-tag@w3.org>, Susie Stephens <susie.stephens@gmail.com>

>Tim Berners-Lee scripsit:
>
>>  So, Pat, what would be a better word which we should use instead?   
>>  The class of all  ____ s?  The class of which all classes are 
>>  subclasses is the class of ____ s?
>
>Subjects, in accordance with the OED's definition 13a: "That which forms,
>or is chosen as, the matter of thought, consideration, or inquiry; a
>topic, theme."  Using "subject" rather than "object" or "thing" allows
>us to talk about the imaginary as well as the real.

Yes, that does avoid a potential problem with 
"thing". And its close to, but not identical to, 
"topic". Just make sure to avoid the grammatical 
implication, is all.

Pat

>
>--
>John Cowan    cowan@ccil.org    http://ccil.org/~cowan
>         Sound change operates regularly to produce irregularities;
>         analogy operates irregularly to produce regularities.
>                 --E.H. Sturtevant, ca. 1945, probably at Yale


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