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XML Topic Maps: Creating and Using Topic Maps for the Web by Jack Park, Sam Hunting

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Topic Map Templates

Most of the objects that declare a topic map ontology are topics: namely, scoping topics, classes (topics, occurrences, and associations all may be instances of classes), and roles (that topics play in an association). But neither ISO 13250 nor the XTM specification provides a mechanism for identifying a map's ontology objects before they have been referenced by instances—and this can lead to some confusion. Users often mix up ontology topics and regular topics during discussions. In addition to that, the different tasks of topic map design, creation, and maintenance are hard to distinguish and separate.

The same is true for the control of user access rights: as long as there is no distinction between parts of the map, different ...

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