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Friday, July 17, 2009

Re: BRYONET: Proper names for substrates



Technical terms are always slippery; the user tries to pack as much
specialized meaning into one word as she or he can, the reader is often
unsure just what is in the package.

A simple solution is to say it in English, just as you did: "rotten
wood," "bare soil," "decorticated wood," and so on. Databases are pretty
flexible and you don't have to speak Latin to them if you don't want.

Midsummer here, meadow flowers and butterflies.

Jerry J.

Jerry Jenkins
White Creek, NY
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