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:zz: Re: Ranks & Phyla


(Actually, I think it's more like a collection of fields,
 and therefore a *record*.  Sorry if that's staking it
 too literally.)

(See my paper, "The Tyranny of the File," Datamation,
 late eighties ...)


At 01:26 PM 10/29/98 -0500, you wrote:
>> > "Rank" is the generalized term for "row" and "column",
>Now, suppose the rank has an extra cell on the end that contains a name for
>the data in the rank, like this:
>  MALE SIMPSONS -- Homer -- Bart -- Abe -- Flanders -- Skinner -- Nelson
>Now it's a collection of data that has a label.  This is precisely
>what a conventional computer file is, so let's call it a file.
>Now we have ranks and files.   Ha ha ha!
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