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   Re: Topic Maps and AF

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  • From: "B. Tommie Usdin" <btusdin@mulberrytech.com>
  • To: xml-dev <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2000 18:58:52 -0500

David Wang wrote (in part):

 ...  it seems odd that Topic maps, being newsworthy, needs and
>rides on top of AF, which seems to not be newsworthy (depending on
>viewpoints, but let's speculate for the moment).  Any reasons?

This doesn't seem at all odd to me.

It is far easier for people to understand, and thus get excited about, a
specific application than a general concept.  Architectural Forms is an
interesting concept, but it isn't something most people can imagine using
to solve real world problems right now.  Topic Maps is a much more concrete
notion; people understand the need and can easily imagine how they might
want to use a Topic Map.  Thus Topic Maps are more  newsworthy than
Architectural Forms; they are less abstract and easier to understand.

Newsworthiness is a measure of excitement not of value, and may be
inversely proportional to abstracteness.

-- Tommie

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