Classification of terms

  The classification of terms can be as complicated as classifying people, mostly because there is always somebody who shows a sort of religious interest in classifying terms, for example, as prefered or deprecated, in most cases this is one way of demonstrating one's influence in a scientific field.

Nevertheless, classification is necessary not to use terms that were invented once but are gone out of use or have even never been accepted in the community. Unfortunately, the existence of such deprecated terms becomes manifested in standards, as well in national as in international standards, and dictionaries due to historic developments. This is due to the inclusion of terms before terms are negotiated or before a term becomes deprecated. Consequently, they should appear in termbanks to enable users to find them and get information on the usage, definition and origin of the term. To enable the use of recommended terms, the recommended term has to be marked or labeled somehow, different grades of recommendation have to be identifiable. Possible labels are:

The grade of recommendation is not the only classification of a term that might be necessary for a user. In classic dictionaries one finds abbreviations and full forms. It is impossible to state a general rule which of both forms is to be prefered; sometimes the prefered term is the former, sometimes the latter. It is also possible to find word lists that do not even show that the abbreviation is an abbreviation of the full form and vice versa. To enable the user to identify the full form and the abbreviation as the same a classification of the kind full form/abbreviation is needed.

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Thorsten Trippel
Fri May 21 13:04:11 MET DST 1999