Re: "Inheritance considered harmful"
[Paul Prescod <papresco@t...>:] > That's right. That's why people get so confused about them. The word > inheritance is inherently misleading when applied to architectural > forms. Paul is absolutely right, but I'm still not going to take his advice. For several months last year, I deliberately stopped using the word "inherit", as in "inheriting architecture", "inherited-from architecture", etc. Instead, I very carefully used the words "derived" for the inheriting architecture and "enabling" for the inherited architecture. This is the vocabulary used in the standard. Ultimately, however, I reluctantly gave up on precision vocabulary because nobody understood what I was talking about, except for people whom I had no need to reach because they already understood the concepts. In almost all rhetorical situations, I have to use vocabulary that may be, strictly speaking, misleading, and yet provides some glimmer of understanding to the HyTime-inexperienced. I'm back to "inherited" and "inheriting", and I never even try to use "enabling" and "derived" any more. I'm open to other suggestions, though. Got any? -Steve -- Steven R. Newcomb, President, TechnoTeacher, Inc. srn@t... http://www.techno.com ftp.techno.com voice: +1 972 231 4098 (at ISOGEN: +1 214 953 0004 x137) fax +1 972 994 0087 (at ISOGEN: +1 214 953 3152) 3615 Tanner Lane Richardson, Texas 75082-2618 USA xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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