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Re: Nomenclature- It is to laugh


    Interesting idea.  I'm a programmer, but like you implied, I don't
really have time on my hands.  Besides, I have my own pet projects that I'd
like to start/finish before tackling  your idea.

    Allan Edels

-----Original Message-----
From: Jarno Peschier <jarno@nedstat.nl>
To: Dinogeorge@aol.com <Dinogeorge@aol.com>
Cc: Dinosaur mailinglist <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Date: Monday, October 19, 1998 8:13 AM
Subject: Re: Nomenclature- It is to laugh

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Dinogeorge@aol.com <Dinogeorge@aol.com>
>To: vonrex@gte.net <vonrex@gte.net>; gbabcock@best.com <gbabcock@best.com>;
>dinosaur@usc.edu <dinosaur@usc.edu>
>Date: zondag 18 oktober 1998 9:01
>Subject: Re: Nomenclature- It is to laugh
>>I guess when one has lived with this stuff for a few decades, it's just
>>nature. But nomenclature is actually quite straightforward, even
>>>rational(!)<. The irrational and complicated parts come in when users
>>stick to the rules.
>Right. The fact that I'm often baffled (at first) by the (correct) use of
>this terminology is just that I don't work extensively with it myself
>(dinosaurs are not my field, however much I would have liked them to be and
>in a way still would like them to be or become). As a computer scientist,
>the rational and rulelike structure of these namings actually seems very
>appealing to me somehow.
>Almost undoubtably it would be possible (and not even all too difficult) to
>write a program that would perfectly interpret these names using all the
>official rules (and perhaps some not too large database of valid base names
>like clades and stuff, and some basic rules of Latin maybe?). Perhaps this
>might even be a nice idea for a program for me to write in my spare time,
>only I had any spare time...
>Sounds like a nice and potentially very useful tool for dino-workers and
>dino-interested laymen everywhere. All kinds of uses spring to mind, from
>verifying your own use of the terminology (imagine a spell-checker that
>shows what the name boils down to, asking you if this is what you meant?
>;-)) to looking up what the #$#@$# the author means exactly, given that
>he/she uses the terminology correctly of course.
>Any other programmers out there? With spare time on their hands...?
>Jarno Peschier
>Compass Interactive / NedStat
>www.nedstat.nl / www.sitestat.com