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Subject: Re: [tm-pubsubj] Conference call agenda

At 09:26 30/04/02 +0200, Lars Marius Garshol wrote:

>* Bernard Vatant
>| 1. Membership - new member approval.
>| 2. Process issues raised by recent debates.
>| 2.a - "Redefining the scope"
>| 2.b - "Eating our dog food"
>I think we are already agreed on these, so I hope we can just approve
>them very quickly.

I agree. I don't know of any controversy here at all.

>| --------------------------------------------------------
>| 3. Steve's and Mary's proposals.
>| Presentation and comments.
>This is where the "real" content start, so I hope we can concentrate
>on this.

I can't speak for Mary, but I don't feel that this is where the real 
content starts. I found the exercise of expressing a PSI set as a topic map 
very interesting, but it has actually led me to the conclusion that topic 
maps are *not* the best way to publish PSIs, for the simple reason that 
they are *too* formal.

My position is now that the choice of "format" should be entirely open. The 
only requirements are that the published subject identifier must resolve to 
something human interpretable.

I will probably use XHTML for my Opera topics. I will then create a topic 
map containing one topic for each subject in my PSI set, with absolute 
minimum assertions about each topic (probably just a single base name, 
perhaps occasionally additional base names in other language scopes).

Lars Marius continues:
>Could we also discuss my proposal?
>   <URL: 
> http://lists.oasis-open.org/archives/tm-pubsubj-comment/200204/msg00048.html >

I think this is an excellent starting point for the main discussion and 
propose that this be the main point on the agenda. Call it "The structure 
and interpretation of published subject documentation".

However, we will only get informed discussion if everyone has studied the 
proposal in advance...


Steve Pepper, Chief Executive Officer <pepper@ontopia.net>
Convenor, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34/WG3  Editor, XTM (XML Topic Maps)
Ontopia AS, Waldemar Thranes gt. 98, N-0175 Oslo, Norway.
http://www.ontopia.net/ phone: +47-23233080 GSM: +47-90827246

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