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Re: A possible approach in "solving" the FDL problem

Op di 19-08-2003, om 19:09 schreef Branden Robinson:
> On Mon, Aug 18, 2003 at 08:24:14AM +0200, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> > Op ma 18-08-2003, om 04:06 schreef MJ Ray:
> > > > I wasn't suggesting the *document* is ambiguous. I'm only suggesting the
> > > > meaning of *one* *specific* word *could* be ambiguous to some, and that
> > > > it's *our* job to make sure people understand it correctly, not that of
> > > > those who read it.
> > > 
> > > ...a reminder that it's impossible to do this.
> > 
> > It most certainly isn't. Not in this case, anyway.
> This from the same person who said:
> [MJ Ray]:
> > > If we cannot rely on true meanings, then this is the thin end of the
> > > wedge.
> [Wouter]:
> > I don't think you ever can.

These two quotes don't necessarily contradict eachother.

Mark was referring to a general "true meaning" of a word, which would be
well-known. I don't think such a general meaning exists for every word;
and exactly *because* of that, I suggest to explain a single word that
is well-known to cause confusion with some.

Mark is saying that that is impossible.

> *plonk*

I can't tell you what to do, but if you plonkfile everyone who's opinion
differs from yours, hm. I guess your world will be a funny place. I
don't think I've been unreasonable.

Wouter Verhelst
Debian GNU/Linux -- http://www.debian.org
Nederlandstalige Linux-documentatie -- http://nl.linux.org
"An expert can usually spot the difference between a fake charge and a
full one, but there are plenty of dead experts." 
  -- National Geographic Channel, in a documentary about large African beasts.

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