Re: proposal for subjects in subject tree

Tony Barry <tony@info.anu.edu.au> Tue, 01 December 1992 03:08 UTC

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From: Tony Barry <tony@info.anu.edu.au>
Subject: Re: proposal for subjects in subject tree
Cc: Ton Verschuren <Ton.Verschuren@surfnet.nl>, eurogopher@ebone.net, gvl@unt.edu, iafa@cc.mcgill.ca, jkrey@isi.edu

Tim

>then in fact only the top level of the tree will be different,
>perhaps all the bottom trees will be in common.
>The tree will have two roots. Its only when you have to
>uniquely number the things that you force a single subject tree.
>

Unique numbers don't force a single subject tree. They do force a location
in that tree but each item can have more than one classification so it can
be in more than one place.

Also gopher (or WWW) lets you have what a simple subject tree does not -
cross links between branches. If you find that two subject areas on remote
arms overlap you can put a cross link to take you across. You can patch the
defects in the classification.

Regards Tony
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