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Re: Advice on COMCIFS policy regarding compatibility of CIFsyntaxwith other domains. .

Dear James,

   I am not objecting to Brian's document.  I think we should keep
as much of it as possible for CIF2.  The only problem is that it
is a "semantic" document and your policy according to you and
John B. seems to want to relegate all semantic issues to the
dictionaries.  It is that relegation to which I am objecting.
Most features consist of both syntactic and semantic components,
and I find it much less confusing to deal with a feature in
its entirety than to deal with just the syntax.

   Until this discussion, I had thought the intent of the dictionaries
was to deal with the tag definitions particular to certain domains
and that both the syantax and semantics of CIF was a global concern.
I find the relegation of the semantics of CIF2 to the dictionaries
surprising and recommend against it.  I want to keep Brian's
document a global document.


  Herbert J. Bernstein, Professor of Computer Science
    Dowling College, Kramer Science Center, KSC 121
         Idle Hour Blvd, Oakdale, NY, 11769


On Wed, 16 Mar 2011, James Hester wrote:

> Dear Herbert,
> Please explain why you think that the latest version of the guiding
> principles is at variance with the 'Common Semantic Features' document
> and approach.  For example, what would prevent us from adopting a
> similar CSF document for CIF2?  It would help if you quoted particular
> points from the guidelines in your reply.
> James.
> On Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 3:59 AM, Herbert J. Bernstein
> <yaya@bernstein-plus-sons.com> wrote:
>> Dear Colleagues,
>>   I would suggest that people review Brian's excellent common
>> semantic features document for CIF 1.1.  I think keeping those
>> sort of semantic decisions couple to the syntax decisions for
>> CIF has worked well, and I do not think the sharp departure
>> now proposed for handling CIF2 will work as well for the
>> reasons I stated previously.  It ain't broke.  Why are
>> we fixing it?  New feautures involve a mix of syntax and
>> semantics depedending on the feature.  I believe we should
>> be focusing on features rather than the bin within which
>> they fit for presentation purposes.
>>   Regards,
>>      Herbert
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>>         Idle Hour Blvd, Oakdale, NY, 11769
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>>                  yaya@dowling.edu
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