[PD] pdmtl abstractions questions and comments

Mathieu Bouchard matju at artengine.ca
Thu Jul 5 02:47:16 CEST 2007

On Wed, 4 Jul 2007, Chris McCormick wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 03, 2007 at 01:00:34PM -0400, Mathieu Bouchard wrote:
>> verb/is article/this noun/sentence adjective/easier prep/to verb/read ?
> Written english is quite different in application and parsing to
> objectboxes in the Puredata patching language. In my opinion the
> directory prefix adds to the understanding of what an objectbox is
> doing by adding context, whilst in your example above the context is
> inherent in the rules of the language and hence clumsy, confusing,
> and redundant. I think you are comparing apples and oranges, and the
> comparison is not a good argument against directory prefixes in object
> boxes.

You are right about my comparison.

You are mostly right about what the prefixes do in pdmtl-abstractions. 
Whether each prefix is useful or not for a given object class, depends on 
what is one's ability to interpret the class name, but for some things it 
can be pretty automated: so far, every object class that has a "2" in the 
non-prefix part of its name, either go in category "convert" or category 
"musical". Whenever those are in category "musical", they would have been 
also candidates for "convert" but "musical" was picked instead. (the 
prefix system causes competition between intersecting categories)

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