Bit late, but then I’m not very good at remembering the birthdays of the living! Anyhow the 23rd May saw the 300th birthday of Sweden’s most illustrious son Carolus Linnaeus.
Linnaeus is largely responsible for modern taxonomy – including the Latin genus/species system we now use to label all living organisms. And as an aside appears to have been a bit preoccupied with sex, with the result that many names of plants and animals in his classification system are closely related to sexual organs and acts. Oh and who reacted to his detractors by naming weeds after them!
So there you go… even if it is a somewhat leading question…
You scored as Scientific Atheist, These guys rule. I’m not one of them myself, although I play one online. They know the rules of debate, the Laws of Thermodynamics, and can explain evolution in fifty words or less. More concerned with how things ARE than how they should be, these are the people who will bring us into the future.
In Pages are the Problem Khoi Vinh questions the current naming convention of the ‘basic organizing unit of a Web site‘ i.e. a page as in Web pages.
A Web page and a printed page are so materially different from one another that it’s almost ridiculous to use the same terminology to describe them. It’s nearly as counter-intuitive as using the terms “episode” (for a television show) and “issue” (for a magazine) interchangeably.
When Web designers think of a page, we tend to understand that it’s a page in name only, and that in fact its true nature is as a container for content, features and behaviors. But the idea of a page has such a deeply rooted connotation in centuries of printed matter that Web novices tend to think of Web pages as simply finite blocks of text and images, with functionality and interactions as only superficial garnishes.”
As discussed previously it seems to me that we need to design systems that separate the storage, retrieval and presentation of information. And the notion of a ‘web page’ doesn’t help this cause because it infers that is that storage and presentation are synonymous – much like a real paper page in a book. A ‘web page’ implies that a resource is ‘baked’ into a page and published.
In seems to me that rather than ‘web pages‘ we should think of ‘views‘ and ‘resources‘ Where views are like windows onto sets of retrieved resources, so that a single piece of information can be accessed via multiple views. Resources are stored centrally before being aggregated into one or more views e.g. aggregations, contextual views or a canonical view of the resource; and in whatever format is required.