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Re: [xsl] What is a better word for "de-duplication"?
Date: 8/28/2006 10:19:00 PM
At 05:45 PM 8/28/2006, you wrote: Honestly, if it were me (assuming I even decided to fight that battle) I would also always say "commonly called 'deduplication'", or something similar, to signal most readers that I was, in fact, just using a specialized term to describe something they already know about. That's very good advice. So, let's from now on refer to it as: node factorisation aka de-duplication. After repeating this sufficient number of times people will start to use the obviously better word, then the "aka" part will naturally wean out. Then hopefully people who write books will use the better phrase in their next book. Sure, but it's a big world out there. I'm afraid I don't share your optimism that we could have much of an effect on entire industries and professions that precede us and will outlive us. Hence, I'll probably continue to use the term I think will be clearest and most helpful in the given context, which includes the audience as a primary consideration. Like anything so caught on the border between order and chaos, writing is always a fine balancing act, and particularly when writing about technical subjects. Correctness and clarity are sometimes at odds. Aesthetic considerations are useful and worthwhile, but usually prove to be the beginning, not the end, of the story. Cheers, Wendell