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Title: Documents Cannot Be Edited
Author(s): Renear, Allen H.; Wickett, Karen M.
Subject(s): Documents, Text, Identity, Change, Ontology, XML,
Abstract: Most definitions of document current in the document processing and digital publishing communities would, if taken literally, imply that documents are extensional entities that cannot undergo changes such as editing or revision. In other domains as well, such as textual criticism and library science, one can also find notions of text or document that are similarly difficult to reconcile with modification. We describe the problem and sketch some possible resolutions. Although the issues are conceptual and foundational the practical significance is real. Formal representation in logic-based ontology languages, increasingly important in information management, requires that familiar idioms, however serviceable and entrenched, be converted to expressions that support literal interpretation.
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Balisage: The Markup Conference
Citation Info: Renear, Allen H., and Karen M. Wickett. “Documents Cannot Be Edited.” Presented at Balisage: The Markup Conference 2009, Montréal, Canada, August 11 - 14, 2009. In Proceedings of Balisage: The Markup Conference 2009. Balisage Series on Markup Technologies, vol. 3 (2009). doi:10.4242/BalisageVol3.Renear01.
Series/Report: Balisage Series on Markup Technologies, vol 3
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
DOI: doi:10.4242/BalisageVol3.Renear01
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-05-13

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