Re: Software definition, was: A possible GFDL compromise
Mathieu Roy <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> It's pretty clear. You may claim that the Academie Française and all
> the French people use a corrupted definition of Logiciel (it's not
> that the etymology would says). But the French language is made by the
> French and by the Academie Française.
But if they Academie defined some word to be a synonym for both
"apple" and "food," they would be unambiguously wrong. Similarly, to
define some word as a synonym for both "program" and "software" is
misinterpreting the *English* language. In English, "program" carries
denotation of executability, while "software" often but not always
carries a connotation of executability, but never has such denotation.
Brian T. Sniffen email@example.com