4 thoughts on “Topic Chunking and The Broken Alarm Clock

  1. Melanie Blank

    Tom – I hope you’re OK after that skydiving trick!

    I think many users of digital cameras (even excellent photographers, like my two nephews) need to edit their photo files greatly. My older nephew will post an album of 150 photos of a weekend with his 2 kids. Many of the shots are terrific, but he could have easily weeded out many more than half – either they simply weren’t good photos, or they were very close to others that were far better. Doesn’t make sense to me.

    Just my opinion, of course…

    I’m a good photographer, too, but I’ll routinely get rid of 2/3 of the shots I take.

    Melanie

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    1. Tom Johnson

      It’s so much easier to keep the bad photos, though. What we often don’t realize is that the abundance of photos makes it less likely that we’ll ever find the good ones, mixed in with so many others.

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      1. Melanie Blank

        You are so right, Tom! I love my nephew and his family (and I love photography), but often just the idea of wading through that many photos is intimidating (and very time-consuming).

        The younger nephew seems to do a better editing job. I swear that he and his brother have (and will have in the younger one’s case – expecting baby #1 in the fall) the most photographed kids anywhere!!

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  2. Jonatan Lundin

    Hi Tom,
    I’ve given my view about how to determine the size of a topic on http://dita.xml.org/blog/how-do-you-determine-the-size-of-a-topic. It would be interesting to hear if someone disagrees.

    The other statement about “a well-written topic can stand alone in nearly any medium. A well-written topic is versatile in its placement, and is a logical unit in and of itself. It doesn’t require much context to make sense.” is interesting.

    To me it makes sense if the metadata, that a topic is defined from, is also “visible” to the reader. There are several ways of making the metadata visible. One is to build the short description (which all topics should have) from the metadata classification. Another way is the organization scheme, meaning that the labels of the nodes that groups topics in the hierarchy in fact are fetched from the taxonomy. If we put a lot of effort in developing good metadata it shall also be made available to end user.

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