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Chapter Three. Meanings, Modes, Monotony... > Nomenclature and Notations

3-1. Nomenclature and Notations

The world is divided into people who think that they're right.

Diedre McGrath

Content is the information that resides in a computer or other information-processing device and that has meaning and utility for you. Creation or alteration of content is the task that you intend to accomplish with the device. If you are a writer, the content is those of your writings that are stored in the system. If you are an artist, your graphics are the content of the system. Where the system is a computer, the menus, the icons, and other paraphernalia of the computer are not your content—unless you are an interface designer or a programmer. We can now paraphrase Asimov's first law of robotics from Chapter 1 in terms of content: Any system shall not harm your content or, through inaction, allow your content to come to harm.


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