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Subject: RE: [tm-pubsubj-comment] Re: published subject assertions

Title: RE: [tm-pubsubj-comment] Re: published subject assertions

> (from Bernard Vatant)
> For a botanist, an assertion like:
> "Fagales is a subclass of Dicotyledones"

This is an association. I personally do not know what Fagales is, nor Dicotyledones. So this assertion does not mean anything to me. I would prefer some descriptive text, that may contain hyperlinks to Dicotyledones and whatsoever, so that I could start to understand. It would be easy to arrange this using the "subject" topic characteristic.

The botanist needs not to follow the hyperlinks, as he will understand the lingo.

> whatever it "means"... belongs to the definition of Fagales,
> and has to be made distinct
> of any formal characteristic of a topic representing the
> class "Fagales" in a topic map.
> It is a non-formal assertion inherent to the subject definition.

Why? I am afraid I really do not understand Bernard here.

> Might seem subtle, but for me it's fundamental and not
> restarting from Adam & Eve, just
> putting distinct names on distinct things ...

Perhaps too subtle. When I said to me XTM seems to be too abstract, this looks like not being abstract enough.

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