Exactly what one chooses to regard as topics in any particular application will vary according to the needs of the application, the nature of the information, and the uses to which the topic map will be put: In a thesaurus, topics would represent terms, meanings, and domains; in software documentation they might be functions, variables, objects, and methods; in legal publishing, laws, cases, courts, concepts, and commentators; in technical documentation, components, suppliers, procedures, error conditions, etc. Topic types are themselves defined as topics by the standard. You must explicitly declare “composer”, “opera”, “city”, etc. as topics in your topic map if you want to use them as types (in which case you will be able to say more about them using the topic map model itself).

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