Re: Metatype, metadata and meta stuff

Subject: Re: Metatype, metadata and meta stuff
From: TechComm Dood <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 2004 09:12:01 -0400

> Currently, I am developing a guide to writing meta data in XML files.
> This functionality extends a specification which introduces the term
> "metatype". In the same time, the specification contains an interface
> called "MetaTypeProvider" (pay attention at the capitalized T), which
> hints that the words "meta" and "type" should be written separately.
> Then, how should I write this "meta" term in my guide?
> I have a similar problem with "meta data" - the MS style guide
> recommends writing it as "metadata", but in most APIs here it is used as
> MetaDataXxx.

You're confusing specific entity names with general concepts.
MetaTypeProvider is an interface name, and is a proper noun, much like
Tom or Pentium. There is a difference between MetaTypeProvider and a
metatype provider. The former is your company's interface, the latter
is a general term.

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