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RE: Artifacts

From: Cutler, Roger (RogerCutler) <RogerCutler@ChevronTexaco.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2002 08:51:04 -0700
Message-ID: <7FCB5A9F010AAE419A79A54B44F3718E016245F5@bocnte2k3.boc.chevrontexaco.net>
To: "'David Orchard'" <dorchard@bea.com>, "Cutler, Roger (RogerCutler)" <RogerCutler@ChevronTexaco.com>, www-ws-arch@w3.org
Meaning what?
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From: David Orchard [mailto:dorchard@bea.com] 
Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2002 10:32 PM
To: 'Cutler, Roger (RogerCutler)'; www-ws-arch@w3.org
Subject: RE: Artifacts

The term artifact has been used in software for quite some time.

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From: www-ws-arch-request@w3.org [mailto:www-ws-arch-request@w3.org]On
Behalf Of Cutler, Roger (RogerCutler)
Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2002 6:35 PM
To: 'www-ws-arch@w3.org'
Subject: Artifacts

I would like to propose the following glossary entry: 

Artifact - 1) A remnant of something that is dead and gone, as in "The shard
of pottery found in the Yucatan was an artifact of the high Mayan
civilization"; 2) A defect or error in something otherwise regular and
useful, as in "Sixty cycle interference is a common artifact in monitors
sited too close to power sources".

Perhaps you can add other meanings for the word?  I think you should if you
are going to insist on using it. 

Listening to how you folks are using the word artifact, I hear it meaning
different things at different times.  The most common meaning that I infer,
however, is that it refers to a piece of information which is emitted by
some actor in the drama under consideration and potentially consumed by
another actor.  Uh, isn't that what I would call a message?  I have this
weird feeling that there is an extreme shyness about using the word message,
as if some other discipline has dibs on it.  Well, I think that the
archeologists more or less have dibs on artifact, and I would really like to
hear words that I understand more clearly in the context that you are using

Best Wishes -- 

Roger (a.k.a. Andy Rooney, curmudgeon). 
Received on Friday, 11 October 2002 11:51:38 UTC

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