Re: [unrev-II] OT on: [xtm-wg] historical perspective about graph s

From: Jack Park (
Date: Tue Mar 27 2001 - 10:48:38 PST

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    I would like to read more on "coherence." I think of that term in relation
    to lasar beams and such. How do you map it to what has been called

    From my model of the universe, interoperability has two senses, one that is
    satisfied by protocols -- syntactic, mechanical interoperability, and one
    that satisfies the need to reduce or eliminate ambiguity -- semantic

    Those two imply: same socket/same XML dialect, and same page. Now,
    coherence... same direction?


    From: Dennis E. Hamilton <>

    > Much to my regret, I have learned that what computer people call
    > interoperability has been corrupted into a very weak condition. Because
    > that, another term has been introduced that strikes me as closer to what
    > unification accomplished in the sciences. It is "coherence."
    > Interoperability is extremely valuable for coherence, but it is not
    > sufficient (and might not even be necessary).
    > (Your terminology may vary. I always thought interoperability was what I
    > now have trained myself to refer to as coherence.)
    > This is a nit in the context of the point of this message. Thanks for
    > forwarding it.
    > -- Dennis

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