Re: Optional attributes



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From: Shane Sendall (sendall@acm.org)
Date: Tue 18 May 2004 - 18:40:13 BST


Hi Joaquin,
To clarify what I meant by quotation marks: you can intepret each of my 
"null" as a 'null'
I have learnt my lesson and promise never to misuse quotation marks 
again :-)

Cheers,
    Shane
Joaquin Miller wrote:

> The use of the term, 'null value,' makes me nervous.  And i reckon i 
> don't know why folks put quotation marks around 'null.'  (Are those 
> scare quotes, suggesting we don't mean null in the literal sense?)
>
> I expect we could make better progress on this if we could all be sure 
> we share a precise (chain jerk intended) understanding of what we mean 
> when we write 'null'  (and what we intend to convey when we write ' 
> "null"  ').
>
> The MOF specification authors took a lot of care to make sure that the 
> meaning of 'null' is single, that 'null' is used consistently, and 
> that it was clear that (as used in MOF) null is not a value.
>
> http://www.omg.org/cgi-bin/doc?formal/00-04-03
>
> Cordially,
>
> Joaquin

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