"Characters" and "character states"

John Grehan jgrehan at SCIENCEBUFF.ORG
Fri Jul 22 10:18:31 CDT 2005

> Behalf Of Mike Dallwitz

> Don Colless wrote:
> >> I am, by the way, not available for debate on the currently
> >> terminology for characters, states, etc.
> John Grehan wrote:
> > Looks like you are admitting that yours is not the only view on
> terms.
> John's view seems to be that the terms are interchangeable. If this is
> prevailing usage, I suppose it has to be accepted. But it would be a
> -
> there was once a useful distinction between the terms.
I was not making any particular assertion about the terms being
interchangeable although it is likely that in writing my emails I have
done so much so the disgust of some. I'll try to be more consistent now
that has been drawn to my attention (emails are fitted in between other
work and perhaps my phraseology is a little more sloppy - kudos to those
who keep to a higher standard throughout).

As for interchangeability of terms, it seemed to me that it was Don who
was alluding to the possibility.

John Grehan

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