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Re: Preferable alternative to 'resource'

From: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 16:15:56 -0500
Message-Id: <p0623091cc321cde52c56@[]>
To: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>
Cc: John Cowan <cowan@ccil.org>, Technical Architecture Group WG <www-tag@w3.org>, Susie Stephens <susie.stephens@gmail.com>

>Pat Hayes scripsit:
>>  >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".
>In topic-maps terminology, subjects are what the SW calls resources,
>whereas topics are concrete partial models of subjects, data structures
>in memory or an XML document.  A topic map, therefore, contains topics
>but describes subjects.

OK, thanks for the correction, I got that wrong.


>>  Just make sure to avoid the grammatical implication, is all.
>Or any of the other fourteen main senses of "subject" the noun,
>to say nothing of "subject" the adjective or the verb.
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