Apr. 4th, 2017

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I recently received e-mail from the BBC regarding online access to their programs' metadata* whose phrasing reminded me of curlicues in wrought ironwork. For example,
Work is underway in other areas of the BBC with a view to providing a durable successor to the existing data views, and when the shape of this work is known, suitable communications will be put in place to direct the wider technology community towards that successor.
Goodness, suitable communications will be put in place! I think that particular paragraph means, when we've figured out how to keep on providing the metadata we'll let people know. I wonder if there is some specific term for writing formally with such verbosity.

*This month they switch from RDF/XML to JSON with no transitional period. Naturally they didn't say so quite that concisely.

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