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Subject: Policy modeling


The attached XML file contains my initial thoughts on the semantics of policy. I think of policy as being a type of principle information (refer to Information Mapping, Horn). So the attached XML is called principle.xml. It contains a section specialization named <policy> plus a number of "cousins" that would share some of the same semantics. I have not developed those, other than to suggestion a child element that might be unique to <directive>.

<statement> would be a specialization of <title>. The remaining <policy> subelements would be specializations of <div>. This level of semantic specificity is similar to that of the <step> content model.

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <title>Employee absence</title>
            <statement>Contagious illness qualifies as an excused absense</statement>
                <p>A contagious illness is any sort of communicable disease or condition.</p>
                <p>This policy applies to all non-salaried personnel.</p>
                <p>Illnesses lasting more than 10 working days are to be re-classified as disability.
                    See the disability policy.</p>
                <p>The health of the many outweigh the needs of the one.</p>
                <p>Alvin went to the doctor yesterday, tested positive for strep, and was placed on
                    antibiotics. The doctor cautioned Alvin that he would be contagious for up to 24
                    hours. When Alvin called his supervisor, she granted him an excused absence.</p>
                <p>Herman went to a St. Patrick's Day party and woke up with nausea. When Herman
                    explained his situation to his supervisor she refused to authorize an excused
                    absence and suggested that Herman take an unscheduled vacation day instead.</p>
            <statement> </statement>
            <statement> </statement>
            <statement> </statement>
            <statement>The department head will:</statement>
                <duty> </duty>
                <duty> </duty>
                <duty> </duty>

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