[Taxacom] Binomial Nomenclature - was: "cataloguing hypotheses & not real things"

Curtis Clark lists at curtisclark.org
Mon Sep 2 12:19:22 CDT 2013

On 2013-09-02 1:25 AM, Paul van Rijckevorsel wrote:
> The idea of using "Pinus-abies [Picea]" does
> not appeal at all.

Absent punctuation, it could be a list of three genera. My impression is 
that punctuation has a higher entropy than spelling in languages using 
the Latin alphabet (I know this is true in English), so it is likely 
that any system for human use that *relies* on punctuation will fail. 
Just getting students to copy the parentheses exactly in author 
citations is a challenge.

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