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Just what is a digital document?

30 Aug 2008 | | 2 Comments

An interesting question — obviously given our background we ask ourselves this question all the time. Is it an email, a PDF, an HTML file, a blog or a page of blogs, what about a mySpace page — or even your facebook profile.

What exactly is a tweet? A valuable document — or as some say, a waste of time and overuse of “social networking”. Ie. Do I really care that you’ve gone to make yourself a cup of coffee, and that five minutes later you’ve finished and you’re going to wash the cup.

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  • Rowan Hanna said:

    For me, when I hear digital document, I think a PDF document, a Word document, a flash document, even a text file. But I don’t really think of a website or blog post as being a document. This apparent contradiction in my own thinking led me to quickly Google “digital documents” to see what other people think. That’s where I found this article, which takes the term “document” to a whole new level. After reading that article and visiting my good friend Wikipedia, I’ve come to the conclusion (yes, it’s a very subjective conclusion) that a digital document is a digital file in a particular format, that has a three character file extension, and contains information presented in a readable format.

  • Karl De Abrew (author) said:

    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/document says… (primarily)

    An original or official paper relied upon as the basis, proof, or support of anything else, including any writing, book, or other instrument conveying information pertinent to such proof or support. Any material substance on which the thoughts of men are represented by any species of conventional mark or symbol.

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