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Defining 'preferred form for making modifications'

I suggest that the definition of 'preferred form for
making modifications' be information-theoretical.

When source code is compiled into binary code there is a
loss of information, as indicated by the fact that you
cannot get the original source back, given only the binary

On the other hand, if there is a set of different forms
each of which is convertible into the others by means of
freely available tools then any member of the set is as
good as any other.

Thomas Hood

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