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On the meaning of next

Sigfrid Lundberg's Stuff 2010-05-05

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The previous object is something that came or occurred before the one at hand. The previous installment of my digital object series addressed the vocabulary used in the Atom link tag describing relations between URI's.

Next means the nearest in place, degree, quality, rank, right or relation; having no similar object intervening. For page n the previous is page n-1 and the next is n+1. I haven't made up my mind about the next installment in this series.

In the previous installment we discussed up, first, previous, next and last. Now we discuss the meaning of next. The next what? A vocabulary may be helpful:

The National Library of Australia. Australian METS Profile TYPE attribute vocabulary. Version 1.0 http://www.nla.gov.au/standards/type-attribute-vocabulary

This list gives terms that can be used to describe content structure. The vocabulary is organized for the use in conjunc with Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS). Using this approach permits Australians to write stuff like:


<structMap TYPE="logical">
   <div TYPE="newspaper">
      <div TYPE="issue">
         <div TYPE="edition">
	    <div TYPE="supplement">
	       <div TYPE="section">
	          <div TYPE="article">
		     <div TYPE="article part">

      

Having your content organized like this makes sense. All of a sudden you know the meaning of next.

This entry is part of my series Readings on digital objects

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