form vs data

There is a grand distinction between the information that is specified on a blank form as oppposed to the information that goes into filling out that form.   Yet both are information, and both can be expressed in quads.  In a quads application, where this distinction applies, the context of the quads in the former case can start with the string "form,"  and in the latter case can start with the string "data,".  By burning this distinction into the code of a general purpose forms appliation we are not limiting that application in any way that goes beyond the description "general purpose forms application". 

Note that this is not the same distinction as "data vs metadata".   It has been observed many times that there is no easy and practical way to draw a hard and fast distinction between data and metadata (data about data).  But when it comes to a general purpose forms application implemented in quads, it is certainly a simplification to have a way to easily distinguish each quad as to whether it is specifying information about the form, or whether it is specifying information that is contained in an instance of the form

Tags

  1. information
  2. forms
  3. data
  4. quads
  5. application

Comments


Seth says
Mark 2005-12-26 07:27:47 2342
Wasn't the  general purpose report forms for Naismith the beginning of the technology of CyberMind ?
Yes it was .  The Naismith dental group application was one of my most successful applications of a general purpose applicatio parameter system.  It allows an application to be easily configured by a client and extends the breadth of the application.  Since then such a system has been in almost any application that i have designed.  Think of it as the user's easy access to modifying their "ini" files. 

Seth says
Mark 2005-12-26 07:16:55 2342
Why can't you talk about metadata with quads just as easily as anything else?
... you can.  Note i am talking here about a "general purpose forms application" and not quads in general. 

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