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The Practical Guide to Business Process Reengineering Using Idefo by Clarence G. Feldmann

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Chapter 5. Pragmatics

As defined in Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, pragmatics is a branch of semiotics that “deals with the relation between signs or linguistic expressions and their users.” As used here, pragmatics governs the use of the syntax and semantics of IDEFO to analyze an enterprise. It includes all aspects of the IDEFO method besides its basic syntax and semantics: the rules and procedures for the application of IDEFO that make it practical and useful.

Many modeling methods do not include a standard for pragmatics. For example, according to the IDEF1X information modeling method, as long as the IDEF1X model matches the defined syntax and semantics of the IDEF1X graphics, it is unimportant how the user of the method went ...

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