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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